Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb have teamed up again to bring us the entertaining story of The Everywhere Bear. This brown bear watches over the children in his class, and every weekend he goes home with a different boy or girl to enjoy exciting new adventures. From bus rides to horse rides to swinging and more, but when he is lost one day he is taken on an adventure that he didn’t quite expect!
The story is told through rhyming narrative, and lovely bright illustrations too. My kiddies follow the tale with bated breath, watching as the Everywhere Bear is first painted bright yellow and then washed by a river of rain down a drain…and that’s just the beginning of his hair-raising journey.
Not only did I enjoy meeting all the children in the class, who all had such lovely names, but I also enjoyed experiencing the voyage the Everywhere Bear went on and I loved discovering the ending.
If you are familiar with Julia Donaldson’s children’s books you’ll notice that the art style is very different to her usual collaboration with illustrator Axel Scheffler. I think the coloured-in sketch style featured here by illustrator Rebecca Cobb suits the story well. The story, however, of The Everywhere Bear is everything you’d expect to discover within the pages of a Julia Donaldson book, a rhyming, fun tale that will captivate a younger audience.
The Everywhere Bear is available from bookstores and online retailers for a recommended retail price of R145. It’s recommended for children aged three to six.
Thanks to Pan Macmillan for letting us meet The Everywhere Bear.