Thursday 18 July 2013

Bear's Big Bottom by Steve Smallman and Emma Yarlett (Little Tiger Press) #readingrocks

Who can possibly resist a cheeky bum-based story? Well we obviously can't, particularly when that big bottom belongs to a big cuddly friendly bear.

Though as many of us will already know, packing a few extra tonnage in the trunk area doesn't come without its own drawbacks. Knocking things off shelves, making you utterly rubbish at hide and seek, and taking up all the room on the sofa when it's time to sit down and relax. Big bums aren't always welcome and though the lovable bear in Steve Smallman's story is a good friend, sometimes his clumsiness upsets his friends.

The last straw happens at a party as Bear's derriere causes abject chaos, and soon Bear slinks off to hide away.

But with a wily fox looking for supper, could bear's backside save the day?

With bouncing rhymes befitting a big bumpy boingy butt, this story is fun and cheeky and Emma Yarlett's fantastic illustrations once again establish her as a talent to keep a sharp eye on. We love big bear butts and we cannot lie :)

Charlotte's best bit: Bear's rather brilliant monstery coup de grace at the end of the book. Rarrrrr!

Daddy's favourite bit: A book that is a sheer joy to read aloud, with plenty of giggles and big beautiful bouncy illustrations. J-Lo's right, a big bum can be an asset after all!

(Kindly sent to us for review by Little Tiger Press)