Wednesday, 24 August 2016

A Beginners Guide to Bear Spotting

A Beginners Guide to Bear Spotting

By Michelle Robinson & David Roberts
Published by Bloomsbury

Fanatical about bears? Ever wanted to see one out in the wild? Well this is the perfect beginners guide to spotting them! Superstars, Michelle Robinson and David Roberts come together to bring us the ultimate bear spotting guide.

In this read aloud picture book, a young novice bear spotter ventures into the woods in the hope of seeing a bear. The only thing is this little adventurer doesn't realise a real bear is a lot more dangerous than their favourite cuddly teddy bear! What ensues is a funny (and sometimes scary) guide to coming face to face with a couple of bears and what not to do if you need to avoid being eaten!

You couldn't get a better picture book team up than this! With Michelle's chatty and witty writing style and David's whimsy illustrations (beautifully inked and textured drawings adorn each spread), A Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting is a fantastic and refreshing picture book. 

David's illustrations are top notch, with parts of the book mimicking a field guide, with the use of similar typography and graph paper. 

I love Michelle's tone of voice in this book, reminding me of mockumentry's and Monty Python sketches. The fact the protagonist also doesn't have a gender makes this a book the reader can put themselves in. An extremely funny read with an ending that will have any child snuggling up to a teddy instead of wanting to meet a real breathing bear! Here's hoping there's more fantastic books from this talented duo coming soon (pretty please?).

A Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting is available to buy now at all good bookshops and online at Bloomsbury here. If you would love the chance to win a personally signed copy of the book check out the competition on twitter here. I also caught up with Michelle to ask her some bear related questions, check out the interview here.

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