One Night in Beartown by NickJones illustrated by Si Clark #Review


Here is a new picture book for you to consider for ages 4-8. 

From the award-winning duo that brought you Sarah’s Shadow comes another magical adventure...

When bear-mad schoolgirl Sandy Lane has her beloved teddy bear Berisford confiscated at school, she dreads the thought of going a whole night without his cuddles.

Little does she know that a bear-rilliant night awaits her, involving Berisford, a bear statue and many other wonderful friends!

 This is one of those picture books which children seem to be drawn to pick up- at least that was my experience of sharing it with my two grandchildren. The illustrations are bold and colourful and the text is sympathetically set out, in a child-friendly font, in short, accessible paragraphs.  Children will recognise the feeling of being parted from a beloved toy and will also enjoy seeing the school bully get a shock!

    There is enough 'meat' in the story to keep young readers engaged and lots of opportunities for talking through a school day. I also enjoyed the local feel about the story and the great support it has got from Congleton.

Cat and Mouse say; Was it a dream?

About the Author

I’m Nick Jones, an award-winning author originally from Bristol but now living in Congleton, Cheshire. I write books for kids and I’ve also written several joke books for adults. My first book, Gagged and Bound– A Book of Puns, One-liners and Dad Jokes,, was a best-seller under Puns and Wordplay on Amazon UK, and two sequels soon followed. You can download a FREE collection of my jokes here.

In December 2017, I tried something different: a children’s picture book about a girl who loses her shadow. Illustrated by the super-talented Si Clark, Sarah's Shadow has proved popular with kids and parents alike. In 2018 it won Best Children’s Picture Book in the 2018 Book Awards on international book review site Readers’ Favorite. My claim to fame is that the same award was previously won by none other than Jim Carrey, the Hollywood actor-cum-children’s author! Sarah’s Shadow also won Runner-Up in the Book Excellence Awards and received a Purple Dragonfly Book Award as one of the best picture ebooks for children aged 6+.

In 2020 I ran a Kickstarter campaign during lockdown to fund my next book, One Night in Beartown. It was inspired by the Bearmania event that took place in 2011. Thanks to amazing support from businesses and individuals in Congleton and beyond, I raised £4,000 to illustrate and print the book. It was published on 1 December and you can buy it on my https://on-line shop, on my publisher's website or as an ebook on Amazon. For updates, please follow me on social media or subscribe to my newsletter!

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