Jez Alborough is a hugely popular author and illustrator of books for children. His stories about Eddy & the Bear have inspired an animated television series on CiTV, lots of other books about the pair and a whole range of exciting merchandising. He lives in Richmond, Surrey.
``We don't get great big bears around here,'' says Eddie's mother as she unpacks a picnic lunch in the woods. But when she leaves Eddie and his teddy Freddie to retrieve the blueberry pie she's forgotten, an enormous bear gobbles up all the food and asks what's for dessert. ``Oh, please,'' whimpers Eddie, hiding inside the picnic basket, ``don't let it be me.'' In this comical sequel to Where's My Teddy? both Eddie and the reader can see the bear looming menacingly behind Eddie's mother as she confidently assures him that there are no bears in the woods. While the plot is not as surprising nor the text as rhythmic as Alborough's earlier teddy book, his talent for broad visual humor allows him to make the most of the comedic premise. Cartoon-like panels draw out the action as the bear leans over and slowly opens the picnic basket. The suspense is just scary enough for preschoolers, who will love the pie-in-the-sky ending in which both the bear and Eddie's mother get their just deserts. Ages 3-up. (Nov.)
PreS-Gr 2‘Eddie is not anxious to accompany his mother on a picnic in the woods because he knows there's a hungry bear out there. Mom thinks he is being silly, and has no qualms about leaving him alone for a few minutes while she runs home to get the blueberry pie she forgot. Of course she's barely out of sight when the huge brown bear smells the food and Eddie has to jump into the picnic basket to hide. As the creature begins to look for dessert, in the basket, Mom returns and manages somehow not to notice it. In a classic slapstick scene, she stands with her back to the slavering animal, who snatches the pie and runs (teddy bear in tow) in one direction, while mother and son run in another. The rhyming text is neatly boxed on each panel of illustration, which may be one scene or more on each two-page spread. The large format and colorful cartoons make this a good choice for reading aloud. A stand-alone sequel to Eddie's earlier adventure, Where's My Teddy? (Candlewick, 1992).‘Rosanne Cerny, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
Hilariously scary. The Bookseller An easy treat for little ones. The Independent on Sunday