Written by Rob Biddulph
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One of our Books of the Year 2015 -Andrea Reeces's Pick of the Year 2015 Rob Biddulph’s prize-winning picture book Blown Away is near perfect, and his new book Grrrrr! is too! It’s the story of Fred, who is champion bear in the wood. You name it, Fred excels at it – fish-catching, hula-hooping, human scaring – but he’s best known for his super Loud-Grrrr. All that training means that there’s not much time for friends, but Fred decides his trophies more than make up. He’s proved wrong when his Grrrrr goes missing and his friends come to the rescue, in a very surprising way! The rhyming text is a joy, the illustrations are full of visual jokes – watch those rabbits falling in love, spot the underpants on the deer’s antlers, notice how well Fred fits in with the forest’s trees – and every composition is fresh and effective. If this doesn’t win more awards I’ll eat Fred’s headband! ~ Andrea Reece
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- Sam and Jack (Emma), age 5 & 3, (Mum) - 'They thought the illustrations were hilarious and had great fun guessing what Boris had hidden up his jumper.'
- Rob Anderson, age 5 - 'A highly entertaining, rhyming picture book. The illustrations are bright and bold and add to the humour of the story.'
- Rachel and Abi Zinkin, age 5 & 8 - 'A fantastic book with a really great rhyme and adorable pictures of the different animals in the wood. We want to read it again and again.'
- Alexander Reiff, age 3 - 'We loved Blown Away so had high expectations. We weren't disappointed.'
- Emily Welbourn, age 4 - 'A wonderful story about how Fred the Bear lost his Grrrrr and found some friends. Funny, sweet and heart-warming.... look out for the rabbits who find love throughout the book!'
Grrrrr! by Rob Biddulph
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...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?
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.
'Joyful and uplifting. Superb.'
'Totally grrrrreat in every respect.'
'The rhyme is so skillful and pacey it could give the Gruffalo a run for its money.'
's Books Ireland Praise for Blown Away: 'Best children's book of the year.'
'[A] gem of a book ... Beautifully illustrated and wittily written.'
'This book is capital B Brilliant.'
'Told in captivating rhyme, with plenty of jokes sprinkled through the text and illustrations, Biddulph's tale is a travelling adventure.'
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