The Bear Under the Stairs

The Bear Under the Stairs

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 216 x 260 x 4mm | 158.76g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Picture Corgi
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • chiefly col. ill
  • 0552558451
  • 9780552558457
  • 85,400

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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

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About Helen Cooper

HELEN COOPER is the only illustrator ever to win the highly prestigious Kate Greenaway Award for two consecutive books: THE BABY WHO WOULDN'T GO TO BED, 1996 and PUMPKIN SOUP, 1998. She has had several other successful titles published by Doubleday including LITTLE MONSTER DID IT! and THE BEAR UNDER THE STAIRS, which won the Smarties Young Judges' Award in 1994. Both are now perennial favourites in nurseries, schools, libraries and bookshops. Helen is married to author/illustrator Ted Dewan. They have one daughter and live in Oxford.

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