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I Am Bear

Ben Bailey Smith, Sav Akyuz (Illustrator)


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The multitalented Ben Bailey Smith (aka rapper Doc Brown) debuts a rollicking read-aloud about a decidedly mischievous bear.

I am Bear.
And I am bare.
The suit I wear has purple hair.

Bear fills his day with food, funny jokes, tricks on his friends — and an escape right off the page when they all chase him in pursuit! With jaunty rap-style rhyme, first-time children’s author Ben Bailey Smith joins debut illustrator Sav Akyuz for a picture book starring a lovable, slightly naughty bear whose antics will have young children smiling in solidarity.

Praise For I Am Bear

Mixing the melodies of hip-hop with the antics of preadolescence makes this colorful picture book a charming read for young rap fans and beginning readers.
—Kirkus Reviews

An interesting mix of adorable and aggravating, Bear and his high energy will liven things up when read aloud.
—School Library Journal

British actor, rapper, and comic Smith's foray into children's books introduces a large purple bear with a knack for mischief...It's a zippy, over-in-a-minute escapade, but Akyuz's vibrant, painterly images and the sheer force of Bear's personality make a distinct mark.
—Publishers Weekly

Candlewick Entertainment, 9780763677435, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

About the Author

Ben Bailey Smith is a U.K.-based rapper (known as Doc Brown), an actor on the British edition of Law & Order and the British kids’ show 4 O’Clock Club, and a stand-up comedian. Now he adds a new facet to his career: children’s-book author. He lives in London.

Sav Akyuz is a first-time children’s-book illustrator who has worked as a storyboard artist on TV programs and feature films. He lives in London.

Coverage from NPR