A Polar Bear in the Snow

This simple story of a polar bear waking up and going for a swim is anything but simple! Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris have created a starkly beautiful and clever book that will have you eagerly turning the pages to see the magical artwork. The illustrations really steal the show in this book, created with cut paper and ink, they cleverly emerge from the blank page itself, which is now no longer just paper, but the arctic tundra! It has a fantastically fresh feel, the look of something new and different. The muted colour palette of whites, greys and blues has the effect of making the book feel clean and bright and the paper cut technique brings a 3D quality that truly looks like this bear is jumping from the page. These images combine perfectly with the simple text that is ideal for emergent readers to try by themselves or as a read-aloud bedtime story.

A great winter book to get cosy with at bedtime! Suitable for 3–7-year-olds, but the interesting illustrations will appeal to older children too.