A large-format version of the 1989 Smarties Book Prize Winner, illustrated in watercolour by Helen Oxenbury.
About the Author
Michael Rosen, an English poet, scriptwriter, broadcaster, and performer, has been writing for children since 1970. He lives in London with his wife and five children.
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)
For Ages: 2 - 5 years old
For Grades: PS - K
Number Of Pages: 33
Published: 18th April 1996
Dimensions (cm): 37.7 x 42.2 x 0.4
Weight (kg): 0.581