A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting does exactly what that title suggests, an essential survival guide for bear spotters everywhere … with a whole heap of picture book humour and delightful illustrations thanks to Michelle Robinson and David Roberts.
I love the narrative style of this one, the author talks directly to the character in the book – an unlikely little bear hunter. But that’s quite ok, because the author is an expert (honest!) and can even tell the difference between black and brown bears. Although sometimes even that can get a bit tricky.
When our spotter manages to find both a brown and a black bear, the poor author does gets a little befuddled – should she climb a tree, back away slowly or play dead? It’s all very confusing, and those bears are looking quite hungry.
Our little bear spotter has a cute and cunning trick up her sleeve, will she try it despite the author’s plea not to do it?
Michelle Robinson’s unique voice creates a refreshing narrative that is heaps of fun to read out loud. David Robert’s illustrations are quirky and lively. He captures those bears quite brilliantly, and brings a great character to life in the form of the little bear spotter.
A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting is a brilliantly rendered picture book for bear spotters everywhere.
Read My Book Corner’s interview with Michelle Robinson.