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Scruffy Bear and the Six White Mice Paperback – 5 Jan 2012
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"Despite his name, Scruffy actually looks like a rather cute, cuddlesome bear - and he's certainly got a kind heart . . . Using a quick wit and guile, this is a tale of the triumph of the little people" (Junior Magazine)
"Chris Wormell can do no wrong: his books are beautifully conceived . . . Children will follow the tale with excitement and relief" (Kate Kellaway Observer)
"Children will delight in the clever ways Scruffy Bear comes up with ideas to disguise the six white mice . . . Verbal play and storytelling will captivate and enchant young readers" (South Wales Evening Post)
"Amusing picture book with really cute illustrations" (Debbie Williams Primary Times)
"With his wonderful illustrations and charming characters, Chris Wormell honors everyone who has had to be brave and quick thinking under difficult circumstances" (Through the Looking Glass)
About the Author
Chris Wormell is a self-taught artist, and the winner of the Ragazza Prize at Bologna in 1991. Two Frogs won the Nestlé Bronze Award, Molly and the Night Monster was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and One Smart Fish won the Booktrust Early Years Awards Best Picture Book. His books include George and the Dragon and The Big Ugly Monster and the Little Stone Rabbit which was recently adapted into a stage play. Chris lives in North London with his wife and children.
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Scruffy Bear resolves to lead the mice to safety, but on the way they encounter an owl, then a fox and, finally, a snake. Thankfully, Scruffy's quick thinking saves the day, as he claims that his wards are first snowballs, then fluffy eggs, and finally moon apples. It is only after Scruffy and the mice are far away that the hunters realise that they have been fooled.
This is a nice enough tale for small children, and the illustrations are sweet, but I couldn't help being reminded of a certain other mouse who takes a stroll in a deep dark wood all the way through this story. In the end, I prefer the chutzpah of Julia Donaldson's creation, who not only faces up to his foes, but even subdues the creature of his imagination. Scruffy Bear is an appealing hero, but he got too close to a Gruffalo for my liking in this adventure.
This review refers to the hardback edition of 'Scruffy Bear and the Six White Mice' published by Jonathan Cape in 2011.