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The Bear with Sticky Paws: The Bear With Sticky Paws Paperback – 18 Sep 2008

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (18 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846163064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846163067
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 0.4 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book looks delicious (Philip Pullman)

'Sweet, funny and lively illustrations and text.' (The Bookseller)

'This is a charming story, beautifully illustrated with softly coloured drawings that focus on the characters' ever-changing postures and facial expressions.' (Carousel)

. . . the feeling of a classic. (The Sunday Times)

'Chaotic fun... bought to life in illustrations so beautiful your little ones and you will be enchanted and amazed by the bear's antics.' (Bournemouth Daily Echo)

'Vulliamy is the daughter of the great children's author and illustrator Shirley Hughes and there's a faint family resemblance to Hughes's style and eye for detail about her drawings, particularly the beautiful way she captures a child's expression with a few strokes.'

(The Observer)

'Vulliamy brings the same quirky character and careful observations of carefree children to her drawings as her legendary mother, Shirley Hughes.' (The Herald)

'Both toddlers and parents will have great fun with The Bear with Sticky Paws... Deliciously busy pictures.' (The Northern Echo) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A fantastic and fun duo and feisty new girl character, from highly acclaimed author and illustrator, Clara Vulliamy

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There's a girl called Pearl and she's being very grumpy, stamping her little feet and slamming the door. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 13 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This review is for the 'ORCHARD BOOKS' edition.

Durable hardback covers open to 30 high quality shiny pages about a grumpy rather disobedient little girl called PEARL, who likes to say:

'No!'..............a lot!

That is, until a small white tufty bear arrives on the doorstep...with his suitcase and reverses the trend....eventually!
Whilst Mum is out, this bear is more than happy to indulge in a spot of breakfast and lunch and tea.... with sticky paws everywhere.........as the duo make a lot of mess in between meal-breaks.....

* playing
* hiding and sliding
* leaping and climbing
* dressing up
* swimming

By the end, the bear is the one who is decidedly negative.... and....just before Mum gets back, he and his suitcase make a convenient exit!
Mum is not terribly impressed with 'THE MESS', but as the previously negative young Pearl becomes considerably more..... well........positive........the ending is sweet and makes a point, in more ways than one!

The text is in a variety of fonts and suitably enhanced in places, FOR EFFECT!

Example of text:

'There's a girl called Pearl and she's being grumpy, stamping her feet and slamming the door.
She says,
"I don't want all this breakfast!" and throws down her spoon.
"No, I won't wash my face.
No, I won't bush my hair.
No, I won't get dressed....

No!.... No!.... No!.... "

Until Mum calls out.....

"Stop!"....'

...and..... all this before Mum goes out!
Hmmm!

Beautifully illustrated throughout, in pastels, this is a super book and destined to be a classic, in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
We first tried a Vulliamy book because I discovered she was Shirley Hughes' daughter, my childhood favourite. And Hop Into Bedtime proved such a favourite that we've tried lots of her others since.

This has a female protagonist but that didn't bother my son at all. He seemed to recognise in the slightly cheeky and wilful Pearl a bit of a partner in crime. Pearl won't wash, brush her hair, "no!" But when mum goes out, a small bear comes a-knocking... And he's even more of a terror.

A sweet little adventure as Pearl enjoys playing with the bear, even though she can see sticky paw marks, broken curtains, eaten food... And eventually wants to go to bed. But the bear won't go.

I was in two minds about the ending, as the bear skips away with no consequences but Pearl learns a valuable lesson.

Her unique style of illustration is adorable, beautiful children and animals.

There's some counting to do through the story, with food. My son loved the food pictures but the counting (random numbers up to 15) was a bit much for him (aged 3) to manage. At 4, a child would count more easily.

We will be trying more in the series shortly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wyrdthing on 29 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
For a lover of picture books, I can't believe we hadn't read any books by Clara Vulliamy before now. This has now been rectified and The Bear with Sticky Paws is a big hit in this household, especially with my youngest. With two daughters (aged almost-five & two & a half), I can definitely relate to having a grumpy girl (I'm sure it applies to sons just as much but I don't have that experience) and I think for my youngest the story is really resonating with her burdgeoning independence so it's a "read dat!" choice over and over (it's not midday and I think I've read it six times today - toddlers!)

I adore the art, my mummy heart is completely touched with Pearl's grumpy face and I love that it ends with a hug and a kiss (especially as I get one from my toddler as we read that bit!) My younger daughter loves the repetition: And - oh No! and my elder daughter likes counting all the different things that the bear eats (proving to me that there were not, in fact, too many ice creams to count!)

I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone with toddlers, anyone with daughters (or sons!), anyone who has been a daughter, anyone who likes cute bears, anyone who loves picture books...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jojo on 4 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
My 3 year old daughter initially borrowed this book from the library and didn't want to take it back as she enjoyed it so much. She loves counting the items of food and 'reading' the large bold words on some pages e.g. No, No, No! There is also a good underlying message that children should help their Mums - not sure she picks up on that but good to try to reinforce it!
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