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Scruffy Bear and the Six White Mice Paperback – 5 Jan 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849412839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849412834
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 0.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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WINNER OF THE RED HOUSE BOOK AWARD FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN 2012!

Meet Scruffy Bear - whose quickthinking might just save the day!

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Format: Paperback
the children in nursery absolutely love this story and ask for it again and again. The bear is so cunning and we love the way he uses his imagination with each creature to describe the mice in different ways.
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I love this story! It tells the tale of six mice who need the help of Scruffy Bear to make it through the woodland without becoming dinner to one of the creatures that lurks there looking for prey! Ingenious story-telling with first-class illustrations that might become a children's storybook classic in years to come. Highly recommended!
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My children absolutely love Scruffy Bear and the Lost Ball which we have borrowed from the library, so I thought I would order them this book, thinking it would be just as cute... From the other reviews I see I am the only person who feels this way but I do not like this book at all!! It is basically Scruffy Bear thinking of different ways to lie about the six little white mice - he comes up with various "stories" to get them out of sticky situations. I'm probably over thinking it but as I read it to my children I felt like it was teaching them how to lie your way out of a problem, it made me feel uncomfortable! I felt I should put a different perspective on it but obviously lots of other people really like the book!
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Format: Paperback
Late one afternoon, Scruffy Bear is taking a walk, when he comes to a wood. Just as he decides that perhaps walk around the wood would be safest, he hears a cry and hurries in to investigate. He discovers six white mice who are lost, and anxious to find their way home before they come to harm.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
My second outing with Chris and one that didn't disappoint as Scruffy Bear is charming, wonderfully drawn with a story that really does enthuse as well as amuse. It's wonderfully colourful, the characters fun and above all else it's a tale that will stay long after the final page is turned, so much so that I had to read it three or four times on the trot just so my nephew could get the most from it as he loved looking at the illustrations. Chris really has a special talent and is one of the picture book authors that I have to solidly recommend.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Colourful and engaging, this picture book takes the reader on a visual journey. The characters capture imagination the same way all Chris's book do. I'd thoroughly recommended this to friends with kids.
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