We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Book rating: 04 Board book Walker story board books

By (author) Michael Rosen, Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

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  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
  • Format: Board book | 36 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 148mm x 20mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 23 September 1997
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0744555728
  • ISBN 13: 9780744555721
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 82

Product description

Imagine the fun of going on a bear hunt-through tall, wavy grass (SWISHY SWISHY!); swampy mud (SQUELCH SQUELCH!); and a swirling whirling snowstorm (HOOOO WOOOO!) - only to find a "real" bear waiting at the end of the trail!

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Author information

Michael Rosen is an award-winning author and anthologist of books for young readers, including SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO AND JULIET, illustrated by Jane Ray, and SHAKESPEARE: HIS WORK AND HIS WORLD, illustrated by Robert Ingpen, which was a SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Best Book of the Year and one of New York Public Library's 100 Best Children's Books of the Year. In 1997 he received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for service to children's literature. Michael Rosen lives in London.

Customer reviews

By Alice Gruzman 05 Nov 2013 4

My 2 1/2 year old still loves this book. The rhyming nature of it makes it an easy read & I don't get bored of reading it (unlike some other stories!)

By Diana Boswarva 27 Sep 2013 5

This is a lovely edition of a classic book that I would highly recommend as a gender neutral newborn gift. The rhyme, rhythm and illustrations are wonderful.

I would recommend that this book is purchased in board book format for little hands.

Editorial reviews

The familiar cumulative game is played by four children, along with their father and their dog, at the typically British beach pictured on the lovely, expansive first endpaper. The children's real activities are shown in b&w drawings; the imaginative doings appear in full color. Although some of the color pages show perfectly possible events, most are clearly fantasy, suggesting just how close the two may be in children's minds. The family ends up in safe retreat in one big cozy bed; the bear is seen - on the second essential, beautiful endpaper - headed into a gloomy sea. Oxenbury's splendid watercolors and drawings perfectly evoke both landscape and the members of the questing family. A handsome edition of an old favorite. (Kirkus Reviews)