Young children learn relaxation breathing to de-stress and control angerOne of the big differences in Dave Shelton's illustrated children's novel, though, is that it's the animal that does the rowing. The lovingly designed jacket and hardback cover, with its slightly mottled paper and "worn" spine, evokes memories of Mervyn Peake's Letters from a Lost Uncle or Reif Larsen's more recent The Selected Works of T. But despite the fact that Shelton is currently best known as a comic book illustrator, A Boy and a Bear is less highly illustrated than either of these. The "complimentary on-board entertainment" is I-Spy, limited to what's outside the boat which is usually "something beginning with s". As for the food, that's soon reduced to The Last Sandwich which is slightly glowing, but comes in very handy. When the boy goes so far as to suggest that they are lost in the middle of nowhere, the captain — the bear in his captain's hat — becomes very indignant.
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton - review
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Welcome to another Touring Picture Book Club! In this book we meet a little boy whose only wish is to find a friend to play with, he searches all over for someone but with no joy. Until one day a message floats across the water on a little paper boat, a message from a friend. But then, Bear starts to build a treehouse and the boy and the Bear become firm friends in their new den. They stay in their treehouse all summer and through to autumn, having a magical time playing together.
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