Friday, 26 August 2016

A Bed For Bear

A Bed For Bear

By Clive McFarland
Published by Harper Collins

It's bedtime for Bernard but the bear cave is crowded and very uncomfortable. What is a bear to do when there's no good place to sleep? The debut picture book from the fab Clive McFarland, sees him bring his signature collage style to this endearing tale of a sleepy bear.

Bernard searches high and low for the perfect place to sleep in this lovely bedtime story from Clive. It's nearly winter and Bernard is getting ready to hibernate. There's just one problem, how can Bernard be expected to sleep in a bear cave? It's too noisy, too big and too crowded! So Bernard sets off in finding the perfect place to sleep. He comes to a pond and asks a frog if he can try out his lily pad. But being wet wasn't very comfy. He then comes across a nest in a tree. But the nest didn't feel right. He then asks a rabbit if he can try out his burrow. But it was a bit of a tight fit. 

It's only when Bernard comes across a mouse that he explains the perfect bed he'd like to sleep in. The mouse has the right place in mind and takes Bernard to it. They arrive at the interesting bed. It was dry and calm, with lots of space and plenty of company. The perfect place for bears, his bear cave. And Bernard slept all winter, the perfect bed for bear.

I've been a fan of Clive's since I first seen his work pop up on twitter a couple of years ago. His unmistakable collage style is striking and full of character. A Bed For Bear is illustrated beautifully, with textured illustrations that pop off the pages. The story is a classic one, inspired from fairytales such as Goldilocks and the three Bears. A great bedtime read that you will never bore of, and will hopefully help your little cubs drop off to dreamland. 

A Bed For Bear is available to buy now at all good bookshops and on the Harper Collins website here. If you'd like to know more about how Clive made the book, check out the interview I had with him here. I also recommend checking out the trailer below as it's one of my favourites!

A BED FOR BEAR by Clive McFarland - Book Trailer from Paper Panther on Vimeo.

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