The Bear Under the Stairs by Helen Cooper


The Bear Under the Stairs by Helen Cooper

William is scared of the place under the stairs. He is absolutely sure there's a great big and probably hungry grizzly bear lurking there. He is utterly convinced that the bear will gobble him up if he doesn't feed it, so every day he carefully opens the door, throws in some food and slams it shut quickly - wham, bang, thump! Find out what happens when a nastly smell pervades the house and Mum and William decide to investigate ...

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Cooper has a shadowy style which she uses to great effect, wafting us into the surreal imagination of a boy determined to stay up all night The Times Helen Cooper's beautifully illustrated, dreamy book dealing with the fears born of children's imaginings blurs the line between fact and fantasy in a way that provides lots of scope for classroom discussion TES Beautifully and evocatively illustrated ... A gem ... A simple yet captivating picture book which youngsters will return to again and again Junior Bookshelf Successfully combines the slightly scary with homely reassurance; it is effectively and simply told, and is brought to life by plenty of imaginative, detailed, full-page illustrations Books for your Children

About the Author

Helen Cooper

Helen Cooper’s childhood was spent in Cumbria, but she now lives in Oxford with her husband, Ted Dewan and young daughter. As well as being a highly talented artist, Helen is also a keen musician who studied music at college and worked as a music teacher before writing and illustrating full time.

She has illustrated over fourteen books and her work has been translated into fifteen languages. Helen is the first ever author/illustrator to have won the Kate Greenaway Medal with two consecutive books.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Publication date

5th June 2008



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