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Biscuit Bear
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2006
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2008
.....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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2008
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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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2005
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2013
I like everything about this book. The pictures are good and the idea behind the story is terrific. Very entertaining.
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on 3 May 2012
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 copy. The pictures are great and the story lovely. I would recommend it for any child, but especially for one that loves cooking.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2009
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.
From the moment my husband first read it to her it has become a firm favourite. So much so that my daughter even asked for us to make biscuit bears! It is a magical and enchanting but simple story with short sentences and lovely illustration which captures litte and big minds alike. Even after a few times of reading this book my daughter was able to recite back to us many of the sentences in the book. We all love it and can't see why it wouldn't be part of any young childs book collection!
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