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The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing

Written by Barry Hutchison

Illustrated by Chris Mould

Part of the Benjamin Blank Series Series

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LoveReading View on The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing

Hideous monsters, an ill-assorted band of comrades, life-or-death situations, and the odd magic item – who doesn’t love a quest story? Benjamin Blank and his friends Paradise Little and Wesley Chant are off to battle the Shark-Headed Bear-Thing terrorising their area – some of them with more enthusiasm than others. Can they defeat the monster? Will they discover unexpected reserves of strength and heroism? Will a portal into another world open and send a boiled egg travelling fast enough to break the sound barrier? You betcha! Barry Hutchinson packs a satisfying story, and some very funny situation comedy, into just 224 pages, amply illustrated with Chris Mould’s appealing and expressive illustrations. An absurdist adventure that will be gobbled up by kids! ~ Andrea Reece

Kirsty from Nosy Crow says: "One minute you're laughing, the next your hair's standing on end. A brilliant mixture of the comic and the completely terrifying – something for everyone, in fact!"

Books in The Benjamin Blank Series:

1. The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing

2. The Swivel-Eyed Ogre-Thing

3. The Moon-Faced Ghoul-Thing

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The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing Synopsis

In an alternate 15th century, where dragons roam, sailing ships transform into submarines, and blacksmiths build steampunk robots, ten-year-old orphan Benjamin Blank battles monsters, rescues maidens and discovers fantastic new lands, but never quite manages to get his homework handed in on time. Each adventure sees Ben and his friends, Paradise Little and Wesley Chant, face a new monstrous menace.

The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing Reader Reviews

Kids love to read 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.

  • Emily Lonsdale, age 9 - 'Love, Love, Love this book, so different and I can’t wait for more like it.'
  • Brodie Greenslade, age 9 - 'The Shark-Headed-Bear-Thing is the hilarious tale of useless wizards, unlikely heroes and some very unusual monsters.'
  • Caitlin Hill, age 7 - 'An exciting and funny book about a monster fighter who has never fought a monster, a wizard who was kicked out of wizard school and a girl that gets to places taking the long way round!'
  • James Wood, age 7 - 'This is one of the best books I've ever read. It's really funny and there aren't any boring bits. I think other children my age would love to read it.'
  • Harry Gray, age 7 - 'Great illustrations. A good adventure.  We loved Tavish and wished the story had more of his contraptions.'
  • Toby Pickering, age 8 - 'An entertaining tale of a young boy’s adventure to save the Mayor from The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing!'
  • Matthew Wilson, age 7 - 'Funny and Awesome.'

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ISBN: 9780857632692
Publication date: 05/02/2015
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857632692
Publication date: 5th February 2015
Author: Barry Hutchison
Illustrator: Chris Mould
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Humorous
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Barry Hutchison

Barry Hutchison is an award-winning children’s author and screenwriter. Since 2008 Barry has written over 80 books for children, including several based on the hit TV show, Ben 10 , and a terrifying horror series Invisible Fiends . When not writing he is usually visiting schools and libraries to run events and story-writing workshops for kids and adults alike. Barry lives with his family in Fort William.  Read a Q&A with the author here.  

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