Friday, December 14, 2012

An old favourite back again


The Best-Dressed Bear by Diana Noonan, illus. Elizabeth Fuller, Scholastic NZ

The book was originally published in 2002, and this new printing sports a Premier NZ Bronze Bestseller sticker, which means it’s sold 7000 copies. Teddy bears are a bit like cats – you can’t go wrong when you write about them! This book is the sequel to the award-winning The Best-Loved Bear and I suspect it isn’t quite so well-known. Nevertheless it’s a child-focused, warm-hearted story about childhood anxieties. Tim is upset when Mum puts some of his old (and favourite) clothes out for the Salvation Army shop. Of course he’s far too big for them now. What’s the solution? Teddy is dressed in the clothes – and Tim talks to Mum about his fears of growing up. Elizabeth Fuller’s illustrations are soft and reassuring, with lots of warm colours. Would be a good read-aloud for preschool centres.

ISBN 978 1 77543 139 8 RRP $20 Pb
Reviewed by Lorraine Orman