A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

Author(s): Dave Shelton

Children's Fiction

A boy and a bear go to sea, equipped with a suitcase, a comic book, and a ukulele. The bear assures the boy that they are traveling a short distance and it really shouldn't take very long. But then they encounter "unforeseeable anomalies": turbulent stormy seas a terrifying sea monster and the rank remains of The Very Last Sandwich. The odds are pitted against the boy and the bear and their boat.

Will the Harriet, their trusted vessel, withstand the violent lashings of the salty waves? And will anyone ever answer their message in a bottle?


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Charming, entertaining and utterly original: this book will leave every reader with a huge grin across their face.

Shortlisted for Costa Children's Book Award 2013. Kate Greenaway Medal 2013 and Carnegie Medal 2013.

"Rich in atmosphere and gently humorous, this is a delightful small-scale but epic adventure ... A book to savour" -- Julia Eccleshare "Very special" Guardian "Just occasionally, a gentle funny little book pops up in which the story, tone, illustrations and even cover are so perfectly attuned to each other, and to the children for whom it is intended, that it lifts one's spirits. This is such a book" The Daily Mail "A charming journey of discovery at sea for eight year olds and above" The Daily Telegraph "One of the most original children's books I've ever read" -- Philip Reeve

Born and raised in Leicester, Dave now lives in Cambridge with Pam, Mila and a cat whose name is too stupid to reveal in public. He likes comics, cricket, crosswords and talking to cartoonists about pens. His comic strip Good Dog, Bad Dog appeared in The DFC Comic and the Guardian, and is collected in book form by David Fickling Books.

General Fields

  • : 9780440870746
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Corgi
  • : 0.254
  • : February 2014
  • : 178mm X 126mm X 22mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 304
  • : B+W and colour t/o