A Beginner's Guide to Bearspotting by Michelle Robinson

A Beginner's Guide to Bearspotting

Written by Michelle Robinson
Illustrated by David Roberts

5+ readers   3+ readers   Julia Eccleshare's Picks   UKLA 2017   
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Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, February 2016 Feel brave enough to go on a huge adventure? If so, this is the book to guide you! Bearspotting can be a scary business and it is best to know as much as possible about the different bears you might see. In particular, there are brown bears and black bears. And both can be very, very dangerous. Each needs to be handled in a different way: with a black bear you must walk away backwards and very slowly; with a brown bear, you must just play dead! But what if you meet both at the same time? Wittily illustrated by David Roberts, this is a playful and engaging picture book. ~ Julia Eccleshare


A Beginner's Guide to Bearspotting by Michelle Robinson

No self-respecting bearspotter should be without this essential, laugh-out-loud guide to bearspotting from the mighty award-winning author/illustrator pairing of Michelle Robinson and David Roberts. To be studied with due care and attention. Don't say we didn't warn you ...

Bearspotting is a dangerous business - you ought to take it seriously, you know. So here's what you need to know for starters - black bears are dangerous and black, brown bears are dangerous and brown. Although sometimes black bears can be a little brown, and brown bears can be a little black. Are you following? You really need to focus here. If you do, this guide will tell you all you need to know when walking in BEAR COUNTRY. Don't leave home without it. Are you ready? Good! Let's go...


It's a treat. Brilliantly expressive bears (and squirrels), pages bursting with humour, a delicious air of danger and a particularly effective alchemy of words and pictures. And with all the best picture books, children and adults will find much to enjoy. The Bookseller

A very good story, with super illustrations which really capture the reader's imagination throughout. Marie Berry Reading Zone

So beautifully and succinctly written, with an utterly hilarious narrative and equally funny illustrations, A Beginner's Guide to Bearspotting is a must for anyone's shelf. Picture Books Blogger

This book is a true delight from start to finish with wonderful illustrations and laugh-aloud text. Parents in Touch

Pair one talented author with one also mega talented illustrator you get an epic and glorious picture book to kick off 2016!! Book Monsters

An illustrated story that will delight adventurous under-fives The Telegraph

A beautiful, informative and humorous look at wild bears Irish Examiner

By turns funny and sweet, it's a real pleasure to devour - there are bound to be more awards on the horizon for this pair Woman's Way

Cannily balanced between the alarming, the comical and the reassuring. Children will relish the mix Observer

Hilarious book, with wonderfully expressive pictures that add so much to the story Primary Times

Visually enchanting Glasgow Herald

Michelle Robinson's deadpan narration of a whimsical and witty story is complimented by David Roberts's finely drawn illustrations The Guardian

Laugh-out-loud The Sunday Times

About the Author

Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson grew up in Gloucestershire and loved making up stories and being silly. She put that to good use by getting a job as a copywriter. She wrote over 6000 radio adverts before moving on to television and the web. She soon got bored though, which is when she started writing funny stories for children and their parents to enjoy reading umpteen times. Her picture book There's a Lion in My Cornflakes won the Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards. She lives in Frome with her husband, son and daughter.

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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11th February 2016




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