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Archie and the Bear

Zanni Louise, David Mackintosh (Illustrator)


List Price: 17.99*
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Despite big differences, a gap between friends can be bridged by sharing in this boldly illustrated tale of a boy who says he's a bear and a bear who says he's a boy.

A very small boy in a bear suit and a very large bear in a boy suit share the fun of pretending, adventuring in the woods, and a honey sandwich next to a warm fire on a cold day.

Which is really the boy, and which is the bear? It doesn't matter—you are who you say you are. With minimal text and bold, dramatic illustrations, this picture book offers a thought-provoking take on identity and brings a fresh vision to the theme of finding connections hidden behind visual differences.

Praise For Archie and the Bear

"A multimedia feast for the eyes. A striking, imaginative, beary good book." — Kirkus Reviews

"This gentle story reminds readers that friends don’t have to look the same to find common ground." — Booklist

Clarion Books, 9781328973412, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 18, 2018

About the Author

Zanni Louise has been a storyteller since childhood. It wasn’t until she had her first child that she pursued a grown-up career as an author. She lives in Australia with her family and a cat named Mary Feather Flower. Visit her online at and on Twitter @zannilouise.

David Mackintosh is an illustrator, graphic designer, and art director, celebrated for his bold, quirky style and his innovative book designs. David lives in London, draws a lot, has a bicycle, and loves making things, books with pictures in them, and being read to. Visit him online at and on Instagram @profuselyillustrated.