It's the Bear! Paperback – 6 May 1996
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Hilariously scary. The Bookseller An easy treat for little ones. The Independent on Sunday --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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"Cheery, spooky-but-fun...One of the few examples of a style that has cross-generational appeal." - THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY "One of the funniest picture books I've seen for a long time." - BOOKS FOR YOUR CHILDREN "Bold pictures and the amusing rhyming text make this a welcome sequel to WHERE'S MY TEDDY?" - JULIA ECCLESHARE, THE BOOKSELLER "Just right for boisterous read-aloud sessions...A pantomime of a book." - THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN
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Well, he does return... but he's not interested in eating Eddy...
The anticipation is good as readers see the hidden Eddy, the hungry bear... and later the mum who doesn't believe there are big bears in the woods... With a funny ending, I would want to quickly follow this up with My Friend Bear, the next in the series as Eddy and Bear learn they don't need to be scared of each other but could be close friends.
The rhymes are fun to read, though do need a small amount of practice to get the scheme right. I love Alborough's tubby bear and scared Eddy, the illustrations of the wood scenes are wonderful and full of humour and funny facial expressions.
Great series, my son has had these read to him for the last couple of years and he always hugs his own teddies and joins in.
One for ages 2-5.
Eddy and Mum are off for a picnic in the forest, but Eddy's heard about the big bear that lives there. Mum assures him there's no bears around.
When all the picnic things are laid out Mum realises she's forgotten the blueberry pie and has to go home to get it.
Eddy is frightened and when he hears a voice say, "I can smell food" he decides to hide in the hamper.
Out of the woods came a big hungry bear (holding his own teddy!) and sits on the hamper to eat the picnic. After eating all the food he looks inside the hamper --- Eddy yells out for help.
Mum arrives and doesn't see the bear at first. Then he snatches the blueberry pie.
Of course our bear is harmless. A blueberry pie was the perfect desert after a picnic. It's just what he wanted. YUM YUM.
The illustrations in this book are fantastic. The large format works well, with each page varying in its layout. There's a mixture of frames; some laid out horizontally, others vertically on one page, or full panels on another. It's a very effective way to measure the pace and suspense of the story.
"It's the Bear!" is sure to become a classic. Look out for other Jez Alborough books.
Bought for great nephew who was 5months at the time but it's good to start with books early!! Arrived in in good in good time in good time and in good time and was well wrapped.
The story itself deals with 2 important childhood issues - being alone & adults being wrong. Eddy tells Mum about the bear but she doesn't believe him & leaves him alone for a few minutes in the wood. Later when Mum comes face to face with the bear you can see that she was wrong. This is a good book to start a conversation about fears, being alone & adults being wrong. Useful if those are issues you wish to discuss with your child or group.
All in all this is a bright, fun book. It is one of a series of 3 books about Eddy & his teddy meeting the bear & his teddy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A delightful story, the children laughed at the words and illustrations.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
LOVE THIS BOOK SOOOOO MUCH!! I have read this to all my children and bought it for others. Bring on the grandchildren...in a few years or so.Published 7 months ago by Helen
The story is great. The cover of the book however is damaged. Let's down the rating of this book .Published 7 months ago by sue perkins