Monday, 9 January 2017



By Rob Biddulph
Published by Harper Collins

Come join Fred the Bear on a stunningly illustrated journey to be crowned the best bear in the wood and, just maybe, learn that there might be more to life than training… The second stunning, captivating and witty picture book from the immensely talented Rob Biddulph, whose debut BLOWN AWAY won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

Each year, for as long as the forest has stood,
A contest is held for the bears of the wood…

And Fred is the champion. He’s just that good.

Fred is the Best Bear in the Wood – and he’s got the medals to prove it. Being the best takes a lot of hard work, and time on your own, but Fred doesn’t mind. Until a new bear moves to town, and Fred’s champion GRRRRR goes missing… How will he ever win now? Or will Fred instead learn that some things are more important than winning?

This is a wonderful follow up to Rob's debut, Blown Away. You can't help feel sorry for Fred as he tries to find his GRRRRR in time for the competition. Luckily for Fred he gains some friends along the way and realises that friendship is better than winning all the time.

Rob's playful rhyming text and graphic illustration is another winning combination. I loved the characters in this story and hope to see more from Fred in future Rob Biddulph titles! The perfect book for fans of rhyming picture books and Rob Biddulph followers!

GRRRRR! is available now from all good booksellers and from the Harper Collins website. Check out my interview with Rob here.

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