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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (2 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141500468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141500461
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 0.4 x 29.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,086,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Burgess has been working as a writer and artist of children's books for the last twenty years. He also works as a computer programmer, and designs web sites, animations and special warm places for his cat to sleep.

Mark went to school at Christ's Hospital in Sussex, England where the uniform was designed in the sixteenth century, the beds were made of iron and everyone marched to breakfast each morning.

After leaving school he studied Fine Art at the Slade School in London. He then worked for a short time at London Zoo and in a library in Cambridge before starting to write and illustrate full-time.

Mark lives in the south-west of England with his wife and cat. When he's not working he loves reading, gardening and walking in the woods near his house.

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About the Author

Mark Burgess has been a writer of children's books for the last twenty years. He also works as an artist and computer programmer, designing greetings cards, web sites and animations. He studied Fine Art at the Slade School in London and now lives in a small village in the south-west of England. Russell Ayto has illustrated books by many leading picture book authors including Ian Whybrow and Cressida Cowell. His book The Witch's Children was shortlisted for the Greenaway Award in 2004 and The Witch's Children and the Queen won the Gold Award for the Nestle Children's Book Prize in 2003.

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By Yvonne on 11 Jan. 2012
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This book is just gorgeous! It is larger than i thought and really is a lovely book with lovely illustrations. Good wintery story too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Quirky Holiday Read 12 Dec. 2009
By Eco Mama's Guide To Living Green - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a refreshing holiday tale of a little gray wolf who can't sleep and his search for a teddy bear to help him with his insomnia. Mama wolf packs a lunch for his expedition where he seeks advice from Wise Owl who quickly sends him on his way. In a cheeky nod to the fairy tale classics, he encounters the Three Pigs (who aren't so little anymore) and Little Red Riding Hood who all at first mistake him as the Big Bad Wolf. No one seems to know where teddy bears come from and little wolf becomes discouraged.

He then meets up with a bearded old man in a red suit who wishes the little wolf was indeed the big bad wolf as he needs help inflating a flat tire. Little wolfe kindly obliges with some huffing and puffing and then asks the man if he knows where teddy bears come from. The man assures him he will soon find out--which he does by the end of the book.

The illustrations are modern and colorful, the prose is fun to read out loud and it's full of personality. It really stands out amongst Christmas books and I recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Designed to appeal to children ages 4-8 24 Dec. 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"Where Teddy Bears Come From: A Christmas Bedtime Journey with One Adorable Little Wolf" is a charming Christmas story about Little Wolf's forest-wide search for a teddy bear to help him go to sleep at night. He is told by his mother to be back by bedtime, but his adventures take up his full day in the forest. Tired out by stereotype-denying arguments with the three pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, Little Wolf encounters a funny old man in a red suit with a truck and a flat tire. Little Wolf helps him by huffing and puffing until the tire is blown back up, and the man promises to give him the answer to his question in the morning, if he runs home immediately. Only a child can guess exactly what Little Wolf found for his surprise answer in the morning, after a very good night's sleep. "Where Teddy Bears Come From" is enriched by playful, whimsical, colorful, full page artworks that express the innocence and freshness of the world of Little Wolf. "Where Teddy Bears Come From" is designed to appeal to children ages 4-8.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Delightfully quirky. 18 Dec. 2013
By Heidi Grange - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Where Teddy Bears Come From is a delightfully quirky take on several fairy tales but also Santa Claus. The illustrations and text fonts remind me distinctly of Lauren Child's style, but take on a life of their own. The little wolf is quite adorable as he persistently searches for the answer to his question. A fun book to read aloud as the differently sized text prompts the reader into reading with expression and verve. The twists to the fairy tales of the Three Little Pigs (who aren't so little and are female), and Little Red Riding Hood (who is really quite cranky) add a nice humorous touch to the story. It's also fun to wait and see if the reader can figure out that the old guy with the truck that the little wolf stops to help is Santa Claus. Recommended.
Very Cool Holiday Story 22 Dec. 2010
By Janet Boyer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"In the middle of a deep, dark forest, all the creatures were fast asleep except for a little gray wolf, who tossed and turned and couldn't sleep a wink. Mother wolf gave him a glass of milk and a cuddle. Then she tucked him in and read his favorite teddy bear story three times in a row. But it was no good. The little wolf stayed wide awake..." -- From Where Teddy Bears Come From

With font and artwork reminiscent of Lauren Child (Charlie and Lola), Where Teddy Bears Come From written by Mark Burgess and illustrated by Russel Ayto offers a yummy feast for both the eyes and the ears.

When she cannot answer her son's question, Mother Wolf sends him into the forest to ask Wise Owl to discover where teddy bears come from.

Trouble is, he doesn't know. So he sends little wolf to the Three Little Pigs. Unfortunately, little wolf lets off a big sneeze right outside their door...

Traveling through a fairytale forest--asking familiar characters like Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks where teddy bears come from--little wolf finally bumps into an old man bending down beside a big red truck...

Well, let's just say that little wolf definitely finds out where teddy bears come from...and gets one for Christmas!

The colorful artwork and unusual perspectives in this book are stunning; some illustrations actually look 3D with trompe l'oeil effects. The story is enganging and the varied fonts are delighful. Truly, this hardcover book is a holiday treasure for children 4-8!

-- Janet Boyer, author of Back in Time Tarot
A profound question answered in an unexpected way. 21 Oct. 2014
By Sunshine on A Rainy Day - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In this story, the little wolf (not to be confused with the big bad wolf) can't get to sleep. He decides he needs a teddy bear, but he doesn't know where teddy bear comes from. He goes on a quest to find out where teddy bears come from so that he can get one. He goes from one fairy tale home to another (three bears, little red riding hood, etc.) until he bumps into a jolly old man who finally says he can help the wolf.

Even though this story seems like a typical story line and is very repetitive, it flows very well. After each page you are curious as to where he will go next.

The illustrations are a modern, angular cartoon style. I do not prefer this style of illustration as it does not help the story flow. It actually distracted me often while reading the story. On the first two pages, I had to look everywhere for the wolf the story was talking about. I prefer illustrations that are clear and enable me to zero in on what is important right away.

At the beginning of this story, you believe you are looking for the answer to a profound question, but instead you end up with a Christmas story (Santa brings teddy bears.) The question is never fully answered because the last line of the book is, "And that might not be where all teddy bears come from, but it's where this little wolf got his."

This book is advertized for ages four and up. I believe elementary aged children will enjoy this style of story and illustration the most.
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