Dynamic compositions and jolly palette allow us not take this anxious story too seriously while chalky textures and simple patterns keep the images bold and varied viewpoints keep the scale lively. Wonderfully quirky. - Books for Keeps
Some very distinctive bears, full of life and just scary enough without frightening the bed-time reader too much. - armadillomagazine.com
Engaging tale with lots of detail and character expression to pore over. Another excellent, amusing winner. - Peters
Very funny tale brilliantly illustrated to catch the eye of all little folk and disbelieving adults. - The Teacher
A funny and touching story of childhood anxiety. - Nursery World
This is funny and touching story of childhood anxiety, without being scary. - Nursery World
This amusing and lively picture book sets out to address (bedtime) fears in a humorous way. - The School Librarian
A perfectly paced little story (and) an entertaining romp. - Red House Children's Book Award
Children aged three plus (who aren't scared of bears on stairs) will love this story which is illustrated from the child's perspective and has some very grumpy-looking bears - until you reach the final, reassuring, spread. - Reading Zone
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About the Author
Schoolteacher and journalist Julia Jarman has written over 80 books for children. She lives near Bedford and has three grown-up children. She now devotes a lot of time to school and library visits.
Lynne Chapman was born in London and has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She studied at Middlesex University. She has created numerous picture books which have been published all over the world.