Best bear since ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’: Readings


The Bear with the Sword

"Surely there has not been a better-depicted bear since We’re Going on a Bear Hunt."

A lovely review of Davide Cali and Gianluca Foli’s The Bear with the Sword by Alexa Dretzke, Kids’ Book Specialist at Readings Hawthorn:

He may be big with a powerful sword and go on a slashing rampage, but eventually the repercussions of destroying the forest will stop even a big wilful bear in his tracks.

One morning a huge flood destroys his fortress (starting to ring a bell?) and bear goes on the warpath to seek revenge, only to learn that the sequence of events, as the animals of the forest are displaced, were his own doing. Putting his sword down, repentant bear sets about making amends and in doing so, finds friends.

The exuberant illustrations are a perfect extension of the text and surely there has not been a better-depicted bear since We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Ages 3+.

What an enthusiastic review—it’s great to see recognition for Gianluca Foli‘s wonderful illustrations. You can order the book from the excellent Readings website by clicking here.

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