Review: Where Bear? Written and Illustrated By Sophy Henn

26th July 2014 No Comments


                                “Once there was a bear cub who lived with a little boy…”

And so starts this brilliant tale of a boy and a bear for little two year old Ned and his big brother and sister. The little bear gets too big to live with the little boy, he is just too big and too bearish, and between them they need to decide where he will live. This is a book full of humour and subtle messages about growing up, making choices and friendship. We loved it. I shall be buying this book for my little niece and nephew. I really think it might be a modern classic.

The book is one of those books which you wont give to your children when they leave home, you’ll keep it yourself. Its beautifully presented in hardback with a matt finish and feels special before you’ve even opened it.

I loved the story and the children responded exactly as I hoped to it. It is the illustrations that set this book apart though. If you want to learn about illustrating a great children’s book you need look no further than this. The illustrations are simple, characterful and stylish. The colours used easy on the eye, making it visually perfect for nurturing little sleepy heads at bedtime.

Where Bear? is a fantastic book, which for me will have pride of place on the bookshelf next to some of my prized kids books. It reminds me a little of Chris Haughton’s books and if you like them you’ll love Sophy Henn.

Where Bear? is published by Puffin in Hardback on 7th August 2014 priced at £11.99 and is aimed at ages 3 + but I can vouch that my 2 and a half year old loved it. You can find more about Sophy Henn at her website.

Claire Walsh

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