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There’s a Bear on my Chair, by Ross Collins

There's a Bear on my Chair 1

There’s a Bear on my Chair has very clearly become a favourite of Florence’s. She’s carried it everywhere this past week and I love it when I hear her shout, “Mama there’s a bear on my chair”, when she’s playing in her bedroom.

Ross Collins has created such an amusing story about a bear who sits unobstrusively on a mouse’s chair taking no notice at all when the mouse asks politely for him to move. After a few frustrating verbal exchanges between the mouse and the bear, and some humorous facial expressions from the mouse (which Florence loves to copy as I read) it soon becomes a story teaching the basics of ‘what goes around, comes around’.

When I give him a nasty glare

Paired with bright colourful pages and joyful illustrations it’s a story with very clear rhyming couplets (which work really well). It’s also the sophisticated words that Ross Collins has used which makes me love it the most; words such as ‘lair’ and ‘utmost’ and when Florence asked to change into her ‘leisurewear’ this evening I nearly fell off my own chair!

Reading There's a Bear on my Chair 1

This is one of those books that you will hope your child asks for at bedtime. There’s a Bear on my Chair has Florence (and I) hooked and it is no surprise that it has recently been shortlisted for a British Book Design and Production Award. I’ll keep my fingers crossed when the awards are presented later this month.

There’s a Bear on my Chair is available in all good bookstores and also online from amazon (US) and amazon (UK).

Vanessa xx


Comments (3)

November 12, 2015

Sounds fun! The books that Nosy Crow publishes are all so good! I wish they were more readily available here in the States.

November 13, 2015

Am ordering this for Boy’s xmas book, thank you!

Esther in Amsterdam
November 16, 2015

Yes! Good one for Xmas — thank you! xx

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