Reader Reviewed I am Bear by Ben Bailey Smith

I am Bear

Written by Ben Bailey Smith
Illustrated by Sav Akyuz

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February 2016 MEGA Debut of the Month Rapper Doc Brown’s Bear cheekily bounces his way through this simple picture book that is full of surprises. This is a Bear who enjoys playing cunning tricks on his friends. He can disappear, do magic, tell jokes, loves to paint – and knows when it is time to leave!

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From a very early age Kids love to share and look at books and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Kian Banks, age 5 - 'Beautifully illustrated.  My son enjoyed the rhyming story and the fun bear.'
  • Emma, Sam (age 5) & Jack (age 3) Radford - 'I really liked the illustrations and thought the bright colours were really appealing and engaging.'
  • Amatullah Khatun, age 5 - 'A bright and colourful book brimming with all the cheeky stuff a purple haired bear gets up to.'
  • Eileen Trivers with Priya Dhoot, age 2 ½ - 'Illustrations appealed but the theme of the book was lost on her.'


I am Bear by Ben Bailey Smith

If there's trouble, one thing is certain: Bear was there. In (and out) of his outrageous purple outfit, Bear can do anything - steal honey from the bees, do magic tricks, steal doughnuts from a police officer, and annoy a certain pesky squirrel. This hilarious picture book debut of actor Ben Bailey Smith (aka rapper Doc Brown) and artist Sav Akyuz will keep young mischief-makers in stitches.


I Am Bear, a visual, verbal treat packed with big, bold illustrations, comes from first-time book creators Bailey Smith and talented storyboard artist Sav Akyuz, and is set to tickle the funny bones and capture the hearts and imaginations of budding young rappers everywhere. Lancashire Evening Post This wildly funny Bear will have you in stitches with his purple fur suit and talent for finding trouble. [...] Great for reading aloud with punchy bold illustrations that really add to the jokes. A sure fire hit with little rebels and wannabe rappers alike. South Wales Evening Post Delivered as it is with a superb verbal economy, this riotous rapping rhyme of a picture book is perfect for beginning readers as well as for reading aloud. Storyboard artist Sav Akyuz's rendering of Bear and the other characters is suitably upbeat and perfectly in-keeping with the playful text and almost gives the impression the visuals have been created with spray cans or daubed with house painting brushes. Published under the Walker Entertainment imprint, there's assuredly plenty to entertain herein but equally there are a whole lot of inbuilt literacy lessons too. Red Reading Hub it's a rhyming, rap-style picture book which is just as bold in subject matter as it is in appearance. Cartoonishly and colourfully illustrated by Sav Akyuz, it's the perfect picture book to introduce your child to the magic of books and reading. [...] Undoubtedly it will become one of those few books that your child will love reciting off by heart and relish reading aloud at bedtime with you. Junior Meet the cheeky rebel hero of the forest in I Am Bear, a charming rap-style, read aloud picture book. Aldershot News and Mail This hilarious debut will keep young mischief-makers in stitches. Surrey Advertiser A big purple bear with a taste for mischief - perfect ingredients for a book. Gurgle What a fantastic book! Not only has it got great rhymes and funny illustrations but you can rap along as you read it! School Library Association

About the Author

Ben Bailey Smith, aka Doc Brown, is a British actor, rapper, comedian and screenwriter,and creator of the BAFTA-nominated CBBC comedy 4 O'Clock Club. As an actor, Smith has played roles in the acclaimed BBC series Rev and Miranda, as well as Channel 4's The Inbetweeners. He currently plays DS Joe Hawkins in Law & Order UK.

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Book Info


40 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Author's Website


Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

4th February 2016




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