Bear's Big Bottom by Steve Smallman

Bear's Big Bottom

Written by Steve Smallman
Illustrated by Emma Yarlett

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Poor Bear! His GREAT BIG BOTTOM is causing all sorts of chaos ... A hilarious story of bottoms, bears and animal friends that will have children giggling at Bear's bottom-based mishaps. From children's favourite Steve Smallman, author of Smelly Peter, the Great Pea Eater and The Monkey with A Bright Blue Bottom.


Bear's Big Bottom by Steve Smallman

Bear was friendly, Bear was sweet, The nicest bear you'd ever meet! With little paws and little feet, And a very BIG bear bottom! Poor Bear! His bottom is causing chaos...Bump! Crash! Splat! Soon Bear is in great big trouble! Can he ever make it up to his friends?


This is a charming book, with such excellent rhyming and skilful storytelling that it really caught [my children's] imagination and my daughter could recite it word for word after a few readings. It's a joy to read with them because they join in, shouting out bear's big bottom every time... We recommend this book from the bottom of our ... bottoms! THE GUARDIAN This is the perfect picture book to read and enjoy together. -- July Picture Book of the Month MUMSNET Funny, touching picture book with large print and a few sentences on each page, great for new readers. PRIMARY TIMES This is a hilarious story of bottoms, bears and animal friends that will have children giggling at Bear's bottom-based mishaps. LONDON MUMS MAGAZINE Little children always like a good bottom joke, and Bear's Big Bottom by Steve Smallman and Emma Yarlett is a very good one. SUNDAY EXPRESS ...with its rhyming text and its hilarious and dynamic artwork, Bear's Big Bottom is a joy to read aloud and share. Behind all the bottom-related antics lies a message about the ups and downs of friendship and accepting and celebrating friends

... With its slapstick humour Bear's Big Bottom really is a hoot and will delight little readers. LIBRARY MICE BLOG

About the Author

Steve Smallman

Steve Smallman lives in Staffordshire with his wife, two dogs and two cats. He has four children and a grandchild. Steve has been illustrating children’s books for almost 30 years and writing his own stories for slightly less. He also teaches illustration workshops in schools, including mural-painting. Steve is the author of Smelly Peter the Great Pea Eater (Winner of the Sheffield Children's Book Award 2009) and The Lamb Who Came for Dinner (Shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award and read by Meatloaf on CITV's Bookaboo). When he’s not working, Steve enjoys films, television, gardening and walking in the countryside.

Steve Smallman on Steve Smallman:

I started working as an illustrator when I was in my final year at Art College and now, over 28 years later I still haven't got a proper job! I've illustrated literally hundreds of books, predominantly in educational publishing. A few years ago I was main illustrator for Longman's 'Story Street' reading scheme, illustrating 79 titles and writing 5.

I've worked in children's television, specifically in character development and most notably in the 'Raggy Doll' series in the mid to late 1980's. I have also done a certain amount of licensed work, illustrating characters such as Postman Pat, Bill and Ben and Sesame Street.

I've been described as an 'Animal Artist', not I hasten to add because I'm wild and hairy but because I love to draw animals and especially like to give them human characteristics.

I've been writing children's books for about 6 years and have already had several picture books published with more in development.

I've got 4 great children and although they're all adults now, my memories of them growing up inspire and inform my writing.

Click here to read a Little Tiger interview with Steve Smallman.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Publication date

1st July 2013




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