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There’s a Bear on my Chair

There’s a Bear on my Chair

About the Book

Author: Ross Collins

Age Range: 0-2 Years 3-5 Years 5-7 Years 7-11 Years

Price: £9.99, hardback

Review

This clever, funny book plays on a feeling that most children will recognise: the very specific sense of impotent frustration that is felt when someone else is sitting on a chair you know, but cannot exactly prove, is ‘yours’.

With smart, sassy wordplay, classy typography and endearing, enduring illustration Ross Collins captures the increasing irritation of the mouse who is convinced his place has been usurped with affectionate accuracy – and the little rodent’s righteous indignation is even more hilarious as it becomes clear that the polar bear with whom he is so outraged is utterly oblivious of his existence, let alone his claim on the seat in question.

Internal rhymes keep the story bouncing along, and the range of options Collins comes up with for ‘bear/chair’ is impressive; might your class be able to pool their resources and put together a similarly lengthy and varied list for another creature? What if there were a cat on their mat? Or a flea in their tea?

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