Reader Reviewed Frida and Bear by Anthony Browne, Hanne Bartholin

Frida and Bear

Written by Anthony Browne, Hanne Bartholin

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In his time as Children’s Laureate, Anthony Browne introduced the Shape Game. Invented when he was child and played it with his brother, the Shape Game is a feast of imagination as one person draws a shape and another turns it into a picture. Here, friends Frida and Bear draw shapes for each other and turn them into some unexpected and entertaining pictures. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and share books and (draw!) from an early age and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of the younger members of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Phoebe Carter, age 6 - I loved it so much, it made me play the game. When we played the game, I couldn't think of anything to draw, but that was okay. I just drew anything. I LOVED IT!!!!!' Read full review >
  • Holden Morris, age 6 - 'Frida and Bear both love to draw, and so do I...sheets of blank A4 paper are no longer blank for long in our house!' Read full review >
  • James McNichol, age 5 - 'A wonderful book for a child just learning to read.' Read full review >


Frida and Bear by Anthony Browne, Hanne Bartholin

Anthony Browne and Hanne Bartholin celebrate the power of imagination and the importance of creativity in this delightful picture book that invites the reader to join in and play the shape game with them.

Frida and Bear both LOVE to draw - but what? First, Frida draws a shape. Bear adds to it and turns it into a picture. Then Bear draws a shape for Frida as the game begins again.


Simple yet powerful. You'll want to pick up a pen straight away. angels & urchins It's an involving tale with plenty of good intentions and Browne interrogates the friends

. -- Alex O'Connell The Times It's a little bit different than your usual story, but it was well explained and beautifully presented with just the right amount of formal instruction to it so you can try it at home. -- The Book Bag The Book Bag Anthony Browne and Hanne Bartholini have created a picture book which encourages creativity. The School Librarian

About the Author

Anthony Browne, Hanne Bartholin

Anthony Browne is one of the most celebrated author-illustrators working today. Children's Laureate from 2009 to 2011 and winner of multiple awards - including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the much-coveted Hans Christian Andersen Award - Anthony is renowned for his unique style. His work is loved and admired all around the world. Anthony lives in Canterbury, Kent.

Hanne Bartholin is a Danish illustrator who originally trained at the Kolding School of Design. In 2001 she was awarded the Danish Ministry of Culture Illustration Prize. When she isn't creating picture books, Hanne lectures at Kolding and the Danish Design School and runs workshops for children and adults alike. She lives in Copenhagen.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

5th March 2015




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