The Grizzly Bear with the Frizzly Hair by Sean Taylor

The Grizzly Bear with the Frizzly Hair

Written by Sean Taylor
Illustrated by Hannah Shaw

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Clever rabbit has almost been eaten alive by the Grizzly Bear when he thinks of an outrageous trick he can play to save his own skill. A thrilling building story unfolds entertainingly in this robust retelling of a traditional tale. Hannah Shaw’s illustrations point up the absurdity of the situation.


The Grizzly Bear with the Frizzly Hair by Sean Taylor

The Grizzly Bear with the Frizzly Hair could frighten the feathers off a peacock... Yipes! blinked the itzy-bitzy rabbit. What are you going to do? Have my lunch, growled the bear. And my lunch is ...YOU! So begins a cat-and-mouse story in which rabbit attempts to talk his way out of a tight spot. As the bear dangles him further and further into his mouth, tension mounts - surely he won't escape. But then rabbit points out a much bigger lunch for the bear - the bear's own reflection in the river. The bear is soon enraged by his reflection's belligerence, and the rabbit makes the most of the opportunity. A traditional story that is known in Ireland, South Africa, Iran, China and the USA and is delightfully told in a highly rhythmic and rhyming text that is a joy to read aloud. Children will love the drama and tension of the rabbit's dilemma, making it a great book for early years reading and language development. Another wonderful read-aloud picture book from an award-winning author and creators of Crocodiles Are the Best Animals of All.


Destined to become a read aloud favourite, as a wily rabbit attempts to avoid being eaten by a bloodthirsty bear. Children will love the banter and laugh-out loud moments. Bookseller Every page is filled with clever chatter and lots to look at in this pacy story with a grizzly end... Junior A humourously illustrated picture book. Early Years Educator This picture book has fantastic comic appeal as well as being full of drama and tension, with lovely rhyming text, making it perfect for early years reading and language development. Armadillo Magazine This traditional story is brought to life by both Hannah Shaw's wonderfully humourous illustrations and Sean Taylor's rhyming and fun to read aloud text. Young readers will relish with delight the great efforts made by the itzy-bitzy rabbit to avoid ending up as a snack for the bad-tempered and hungry Grizzly Bear with the Frizzly Hair! Bookfest Ireland - Recommended Reading Guide This is a great example of how text and illustration work together to maximum effect. Sean Taylor's text is emotive and rhythmical and Hannah Shaw's illustrations are whimsical, expressive and superbly detailed. Carousel

About the Author

Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor has written more than 40 books for young readers. These include the Purple Class series of comic adventures set in an urban primary school, a collection of folktales from the Amazon called The Great Snake, a novel for teenagers called A Waste of Good Paper, and picture books such as The World Champion of Staying Awake, illustrated by Jimmy Liao and Boing!, illustrated by Bruce Ingman. He lives in Bristol with his wife and two sons. Visit Sean at

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

3rd March 2011




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