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Where Teddy Bears Come From Paperback – 2 Oct 2008
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Little Wolf just can't sleep. He needs a teddy bear, but where do they come from? The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood don't know, and not even Wise Owl can help. It's only when Little Wolf bumps into a magical stranger with a bright, red coat and long, white beard that his greatest wish comes true.
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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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.
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