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Biscuit Bear [Hardcover]

Mini Grey
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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1 April 2004
When Horace bakes a biscuit in the shape of a bear, little does he know that his edible treat is going to turn into Biscuit Bear! For in the middle of the night, when all is quiet, that is exactly what happens, and Biscuit Bear decides that it is time he made some friends of his own. So, with flour, sugar and butter he does just that. In fact, he makes a whole circus of friends and the fun begins ...

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224064967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224064965
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 22.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this charming tale told from the biscuit's point of view, Mini Grey creates a hugely satisfying night-world where fear can be seen off and a biscuit can change its chances in life" (Guardian)

"Enjoyable as much for the witty innocence of the pictures as the barking-mad originality of the prose" (Independent)

"Mini Grey, one of the brightest stars on the picture-book scene, seems to be incapable of producing a dull word or picture . . . Grey's text is beautifully matched by her clever visual jokes and inventive changes of perspective" (Financial Times)

"Visually scrumptious, a flavoursome mix of wit and skill" (The Sunday Times)

"A star turn" (Observer) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A delicious new treat from the brilliant Mini Grey, creator of Egg Drop and The Pea and the Princess. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endearingly surreal 27 Nov 2006
By djdhp
Format:Paperback
This is one of those books which my daughter (aged 7) has had from the library again and again ... now it's on the Christmas list. It's simple yet sophisticated and has a lovely quirky humour as well as multiple illustrations that dance around the page and text that circles and changes typeface in tune with the story. It's not all sugary sweetness and light and endures better for that reason: Biscuit Bear escapes being eaten and stages a circus in the kitchen only to see his circus performers demolished by the arrival of the family dog, who likes biscuits as well. He himself is a survivor, however, and finds a safe home as the everlasting star of the 'Golden Bun' bakery display. My daughter loves it all. If your child likes this, try also Mini Grey's The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon - another favourite here, which will equally delight parents who are familiar with old movies ...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different and entertaining 23 April 2008
Format:Paperback
This book is much loved by our three daughters (aged 2-4), who like the story but also all the little details in the illustrations (like all the interesting things Horace gets up to with a lump of dough, and the inventive decorations on the biscuit friends). Perhaps as important, the book is also interesting enough for adults to bear reading repeatedly (and as a reluctant veteran of, for example, Fifi & the Flowertots this is vital!), with nice little plays on language that grown-ups appreciate even if the children don't notice, eg. " 'I know,' thought the Biscuit Bear, 'I shall make some friends.' ".

We also have Egg Drop by the same author, but this one is their favourite.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horace's usual routine....... 3 Jan 2008
Format:Paperback
.....with the lump of pastry his Mum gives him is changed......by a teddy-shaped biscuit cutter!

Paperback format, 32 pages in the popular 2-page spread format.
Superb illustrations throughout, with lots of text, in a number of fonts.

Main text example:

'But today, Horace's Mum gave him a biscuit cutter in the shape of a bear to use.
Horace stamped out a pastry bear and gave it currant eyes and a nose.
Horace's Mum put it in the oven to cook.......
Twenty minutes later the biscuit bear was golden-coloured and smelt lovely, and Horace wanted to take a bite but -'

and easy to remember,repetitive use of speech:

"No, Horace," said Horace's Mum, "you.............", as Horace's various attempts to eat his biscuit are thwarted............

and so begins the adventures of 'Biscuit Bear', with a surprise ending, although it might be a little hard for the younger reader to comprehend!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We LOVE this book! 13 Sep 2008
Format:Paperback
I bought this book after spotting a Dad reading it to his little boy and although I couldn't read any of the text, liked the look of the illustrations, so bought it. I wasn't disappointed. It's one of those books that you don't tire of reading to your child. It is a fun story about the night-time adventure of a biscuit bear who cooks up a batch of biscuit friends. I started reading it to my 5 year old over a year ago, and it's still one of his favourite stories. In fact, I often find him under his covers at bedtime sneaking a peak!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bear Necessity 7 Mar 2005
Format:Hardcover
We received this as a gift for our two-year old daughter, on the basis that it was her cousin's (who is three) favourite book. We had never heard of it before but regular recitals have quickly grown to be a bedtime necessity.
The book is not astoundingly well written, but it eludes a certain atmosphere, a warm but slightly mysterious charm that draws children in and makes it interesting for imaginative adults too. There is plenty to see and speak about on each page, and fun can be had trying to bake your own biscuit bears!
Our daughter is a connoisseur of the literary classics - Each Peach, Elmer, Hungry Caterpillar - she's studied them all. But this is the one she picks out of the pile when she's alone, to ponder quietly in her bedroom.
Quietly apart from the odd "No Horace!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic 7 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A book that works on lots different levels, interesting illustrations that make you want to make own collection of biscuit bears!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Works for adults and children 3 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I like everything about this book. The pictures are good and the idea behind the story is terrific. Very entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 year old loves it! 31 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback
We borrowed this from the library and now will be purchasing a copy. My 3 year old daughter absolutely loves it and Mommy thinks it's great too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, cannot recommend this highly enough
This is my 5 year old boys favourite book, we have read it so many times and I had to buy a biscuit bear cutter so we can make our own biscuit bears. Read more
Published 19 months ago by F. Skears
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent I bought two of this book one for my daughter 3y old and one for her nursery. I am very happy with this book and seller.
Published on 13 Jun 2012 by lolo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab little biscuit bear
This book is fantastic. My 3 year old is addicted to it. We first got it from the library and thought it was a bit ugly and odd, but once read we loved it and had to get our own... Read more
Published on 3 May 2012 by Nikkiwikki
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
My 4.5 son really likes this book which is why it has 4 stars. I think that the story doesn't flow very well, so as the adult reading it find it a bit irritating but my son really... Read more
Published on 30 April 2012 by Sarahwoo
5.0 out of 5 stars CHARMING STORY WITH LOVELY ILLUSTRATIONS
Fabulous little book - I actually liked it so much that the little boy I bought it for very nearly didn't get it......
Published on 3 Jan 2012 by inthekitchenatparties
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky read with gorgeous illustrations
Love this book - fun story and fab illustrations and fonts. Whenever we read it we feel the need to go and bake biscuits - fun!
Published on 5 April 2011 by Pingu
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
I read this book to my Reception class and they loved it! It has become one of their favourites and they ask for it every day. Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2010 by C. Gibbons
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant story!
I bought this book with the CD for storytime with my preschool class. They just love it to bits and now practically know all the words. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical!
I bought this as a Christmas present for my 2 1/2 year old daughter for a bedtime book on the recommendations I read on Amazon. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2009 by L. Lightfoot
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