Welcome to Children's Corner book reviews from 4MBS Classic Radio FM in Brisbane. Here you will find short annotations of the children's books reviewed by Kerry Neary in Children's Corner on 4MBS, together with the details you need to find them at your favourite bookstore. Any prices shown are the publisher's Australian recommended price and may vary depending on where you shop. You are welcome to use these reviews for newsletters and the like with appropriate acknowledgement.

Jan 7, 2017

A beginner's guide to bear spotting

Michelle Robinson, illustrated by David Roberts
Bloomsbury Children’s
ISBN: 9781681190266
RRP: $22.99

To be a bear spotter you have to go for a walk in bear country. We’re told that chances are you won’t even see a bear, but our intrepid adventurer is actually one of the lucky ones; one of the doubly lucky ones, in fact. What follows is a chuckle-filled revelation of the differences between these species as the boy tries to find a way out. The problem is what works for one often doesn’t work for the other. Finally the boy has one last trick up his sleeve - backpack that is. The illustrations use mixed techniques in an upbeat comedic style that is visually playful, with lots of contradictory humour and tongue-in-cheek appeal for early readers.