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Don't Call Me Bear! - Aaron Blabey


Published: 1st August 2016
For Ages: 3 - 7 years old
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RRP $16.99

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Product Description

G'day, my name is Warren, and I've got something to share...

Just because I'm furry doesn't mean that I'm a bear.

Warren the Koala is many things - a marsupial, cute and furry, a bit of a grump, but the one thing he's not is a bear!

Review by Emily Meredith

Warren the koala is the star of the riotously funny Don’t Call Me Bear! Warren is lovable, but a little bit grumpy – why can’t everyone stop calling him a bear? He’s a marsupial!

This book combines Blabey’s trademark rhyming stories with a fun lesson on Australian animals. It’s fantastically funny story, perfect for both toddlers and early primary students. Plus, Aaron Blabey’s humour is a lot fun for parents too!


Aaron Blabey is a brilliant author


Anything from Aaron Blabey is a winner for my 5 yo. Engaging, funny, wonderfully illustrated, enjoyable for adults as well.

Melbourne, Australia

Great book funny and educational.


Fun, educational read





I bought this as a gift for a four year old. It certainly won't be read often

Fern Bay


Bear is a bit aggro!


I bought book expecting it would be informative about koalas not being bears - but the character came across as really angry, which I didn't think was a good message for young children to just yell when they are angry!

South Australia




reading with grandchild

Western Australia


Delightful. I so enjoyed it .


I bought this for my overseas granddaughter. I want to keep her in touch with things Australian. This book is fun. It is a delight to read as a "reader" to a child and has the essence of "Ozzie" humour.

Northern Beaches Sydney NSW


Just buy it!


My kids loved this book! We have fun reading it to them, like we do with all of Aaron Blabey's books. Very enjoyable, great Aussie read. Will have the kids giggling in no time!



Great book


My daughter and I love this book. Sweet story.



Funny! Funny! Funny!


A typical Aaron Blabey book - witty, funny and very clever. Almost as good as his "Pig the Pug" series, just a bit more wordy. I'd recommend this book for primary age children as it has layers of meaning for children from prep to grade 6. A great gift for family and friends' children who live overseas, as it is all about a Koala (Warren) who is NOT a Koala BEAR so it contains lots of Aussie humour!

Victoria, Australia


Hilarious little book!


I am a primary school teacher and this has been a fantastic- and hilarious- resource for my lessons. Great way to open a conversation about Australian wildlife.

NSW Australia


Don't Call Me Bear!

3.8 10


Aaron Blabey

Aaron Blabey's life doesn't make any sense.

He is best known for his well-loved children's picture books for which he has won many awards including a Children's Book Council of Australia - Book of the Year Award, a NSW Premiers Literary Award for Children's Literature, a KOALA Award, a YABBA Award and a Children's Peace Literature Award. He's also been the National Literacy Ambassador and is a proud ambassador for the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

But dig a little deeper and his past gets quite shady.

He spent 13 years as an actor appearing in numerous plays, TV shows and films. He was regularly cast opposite proper actors like Hugh Jackman, Jacki Weaver, Guy Pearce, Bryan Brown, Joel Edgerton and Ben Mendelsohn, all of whom were too kind to ever point out that his own acting was "justâ?¦awful", as he describes it today. To his continuing bewilderment though, he did once win an ACCTA Award (AFI) for Best Actor, a fact that cannot be adequately explained.

To complicate matters, he worked for a time as a staff writer at a major global advertising agency where he "learned a great deal and wished for death every single day", before spending a couple of years attempting to teach 'Creative Thinking' at a prominent Sydney design college. Furthermore, he's exhibited his art in various galleries, spent some time as a grape picker, worked in a video store and - astonishingly - once modeled clothes in a glossy weekend supplement.

He lives these days in a beautiful town in the Blue Mountains with his preposterously short wife and their two gorgeous boys, where he creates books, listens to his beloved vinyl record collection through killer 70s speakers and celebrates loudly every fifteen minutes that one of his all-time, top-ten heroes - Nick Cave - recently chose to record one of his books.

Visit Aaron Blabey's Booktopia Author Page

ISBN: 9781760159849
ISBN-10: 1760159840
Audience: Children
For Ages: 3 - 7 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 24
Published: 1st August 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 25.8 x 24.5  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.35