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A Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting

Michelle Robinson, David Roberts (Illustrator)


List Price: 16.99*
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Do you dream of seeing some real, live bears? Then this essential guide to bear spotting, filled with offbeat humor and quirky illustrations, is for you!

In this perfect read-aloud, sure to delight kids and parents alike, a young aspiring bear spotter ventures into bear country . . . But coming face-to-face with the furry creatures themselves, whether black or brown, can be dangerous, and our protagonist--accompanied by a trusty teddy bear--might need to use some unconventional means to stay out of trouble and avoid being (gulp!) eaten.

This laugh-out-loud, how-to guide--brilliantly brought to life by New York Times bestselling illustrator David Roberts' expressive art--is a must-read for fans of I Want My Hat Back and Secret Pizza Party.

Awards for There's a Lion in My Cornflakes
Winner, Best Picture Book - Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards
A Guardian Best New Children Book
The Sunday Times' Children's Book of the Week

Praise For A Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting

"The illustrations in this picture book are wonderfully quirky and the story is interactive and humorous. This book would be a fun, funny read aloud for any classroom or library. Recommended." - School Library Connection

"Sweet, silly, and just a wee bit scary, this title could make a great wind-down story for a cold winter’s night." - BCCB

"Roberts’s . . . artwork is exquisitely inked and textured, and there’s subversive comedy on every page." - Publishers Weekly

"The layout and humor make this a good read-aloud choice for the older picture book crowd." - School Library Journal

"Robinson’s chatty, conspiratorial style addresses the reader directly . . . Roberts enhances the text with whimsy . . . The British duo’s clever creation travels well across the pond and will produce plenty of raucous laughter." - Booklist

"A handy story for little adventurers curious about the outdoor world. . . [A] quirky, appealing title. Be sure to snuggle up to 'the stuffed kind' of bears and share this book with future Scaredy Squirrel series fans." - Kirkus Reviews

Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 9781681190266, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 9, 2016

About the Author

Before she started writing funny stories for children, Michelle Robinson wrote copy and devised websites for some of the world's biggest brands. She always dreamed of becoming an author like her hero, Roald Dahl. She shares his birthday and his love of chocolate, but she is much, much shorter. Michelle lives in Bristol with her husband and young son.

David Roberts (b. 1943) is an accomplished mountaineer with a PhD in English from the University of Denver. He is the author of several books, including The Mountain of My Fear and Deborah: A Wilderness Narrative.