Bear Despair

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Don't ever take a bear's teddy bear, no matter how cute you think it is. If you do, you'll be in for trouble. Big trouble. For a bear whose teddy has been stolen isn't simply heartbroken, but determined to get it back. So determined that he might just gobble up more than honey to do so! However, should he succeed in getting his teddy back, then there just might be a surprise in store. This is a book that all readers will relish, and one they will want to read again and again.

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Don't ever take a bear's teddy bear, no matter how cute you think it is. If you do, you'll be in for trouble. Big trouble. For a bear whose teddy has been stolen isn't simply heartbroken, but determined to get it back. So determined that he might just gobble up more than honey to do so! However, should he succeed in getting his teddy back, then there just might be a surprise in store. This is a book that all readers will relish, and one they will want to read again and again.

Born in 1971, Gaëtan Dorémus received his degree from the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg, France, in 1999, after which he picked up a few other degrees while creating picture books and illustrations for the press. Dorémus has illustrated over twenty books and has produced hundreds of freestanding illustrations and cartoons. He loves to bicycle ride, walk in the mountains, and eat green tomatoes with cinnamon. In 2006, he became a Papa.

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2012

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
…Dorémus keeps things bouncing along at a very fast clip. The muted colors of red, blue, yellow and green and the crosshatched line illustrations combine to create a surreal landscape, quite appropriate for the action. Certainly American artists have shown creatures being gobbled by the protagonist—as Jules Feiffer did in Bark, George. But this bear really devours his enemies; his emotional rage matches that of Max in Where the Wild Things Are. No lessons and no morals are attached—just a screaming childhood id. The bear wants his teddy and will do anything to get it!
—Anita Silvey
Publishers Weekly
The Stories Without Words series concludes with this piquant entry by French illustrator Dorémus, whose nervously cross-hatched line drawings are beautifully suited to his exploration of primal emotions. A blue bear lies asleep under a tree, clutching a treasured teddy bear. A long-snouted wolf sneaks up, snatches the teddy bear, and runs off with it, laughing maniacally. The wolf taunts the bear when it catches up with him and tosses the teddy bear farther still. The bear— entirely understandably—eats the wolf. In a wonderful moment, the bear, its stomach now full of wolf (visible in cross-section) stands on a hilltop, thinking hard; revenge is sweet, but the teddy bear is still missing. Additional outlandish encounters with fierce animals end with an even more crowded stomach, but still no teddy bear—until the bear finally finds an ally. There are no tiresome morals about sharing one’s belongings or waiting patiently until they are found; Dorémus goes straight to the frustration and rage of childhood, laying them out in 32 pages like a brisk session on an analyst’s couch. Ages 4–7. (Sept.)
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"A blue bear lies asleep under a tree, clutching a treasured teddy bear. A long-snouted wolf sneaks up, snatches the teddy bear, and runs off with it... There are no tiresome morals about sharing one's belongings or waiting patiently until they are found; Doremus goes straight to the frustration and rage of childhood, laying them out in 32 pages like a brisk session on an analyst's couch." -- STARRED REVIEW, Publisher's Weekly

"The art is lovely; the crosshatch style and color palette are unique and childlike. Dorémus depicts the animals’ emotions in gorgeous ways, such as the worry in the eyes of Lion when the eggs start hatching or the spread showing Bear under a rain cloud, mourning the loss of his teddy. This charming book is a winner." -- STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal

"There are no words to describe a great bear's heartbreak when a fox swipes his stuffed teddy in Bear Despair, a captivating pictures-only book for all ages by French illustrator Gaetan Doremus. Wordless illustrated books necessarily exact an extra measure of concentration from whose who "read" them - there are no sentences, after all, to explain the images - and this one repays the effort in surprising and gratifying ways." -- Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Wall Street Journal

"In this wordless tale, the French illustrator uses a storyboard format of large and small encircled scenes on a white page to tell an energetic and emotional tale. [...] Colorful drawings with overlays of swirling lines sweep by at a fast pace as the action grows increasingly frantic, mirroring Bear’s growing anxiety. A lesson to be learned: don’t mess with the teddy. An imaginative and well-designed chase." -- Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Emily Hearn
In this wordless tale bear is napping when his teddy bear is taken by a fox who leads him on a merry chase before flinging the toy into the air. Since neither animal is particularly good at conflict resolution, bear swallows the fox whole. As he searches, bear is taunted by a series of creatures that play keep-away with his toy. Furious, bear swallows each one. The illustrations' colors and weather reflect the depths of bear's anguish as he weeps for his loss. Finally, his tug-of-war with elephant results in the toy being flung into the sea, where it is retrieved by an octopus who returns it. Reunited with his teddy, he is content again and releases the animals he swallowed, along with the baby birds, which hatched in his stomach. The simple, colorful illustrations are just right for the book. Children will love the animals' expressions and the cutaway that allows them to see inside bear's stomach. Their narrative ability will be encouraged as they tell the story in their own words. Reviewer: Emily Hearn
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Bear is sleeping soundly when a mischievous wolf comes along and steals his beloved teddy bear from his arms. Crying, Bear chases after him. When Wolf throws the teddy far away, Bear eats him in a single bite and then proceeds to look for his toy. Lion picks it up and then throws it far away as well; Bear eats him, too. When it lands in a nest, a bird picks it up and flies away…so Bear eats Bird's two eggs. And so on until a friendly octopus finds the teddy and delivers it back to Bear. Bear then frees all the animals (including the two now-hatched baby birds) from his stomach. He goes back to sleep with his stuffed friend and all is well. The endpapers further tell the story. Children will relate to this wordless tale of losing a beloved source of comfort; Bear acts out, but the tantrum ends as soon as he is reunited with his teddy bear. Suspense builds as Bear continues to swallow the animals he encounters, but the animals are seen in cross-section inside Bear's stomach, reassuring readers that they are alive and well. The art is lovely; the crosshatch style and color palette are unique and childlike. Dorémus depicts the animals' emotions in gorgeous ways, such as the worry in the eyes of Lion when the eggs start hatching or the spread showing Bear under a rain cloud, mourning the loss of his teddy. This charming book is a winner.—Laura Lutz, Pratt Institute, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
When Bear loses his beloved teddy bear, he will stop at nothing to get him back in this wordless romp. When Wolf runs off with his beloved sleeping companion, Bear sets out in furious pursuit. Wolf flings Teddy away, and angry Bear swallows him whole. The scenario is repeated as Bear confronts Lion, who tosses Teddy off a cliff, and Eagle swoops down to claim him. Lion joins Wolf in Bear's stomach. Bear, still in hot pursuit, climbs up to Eagle's aerie. Eagle flies off, and Bear swallows two eggs. Still in dogged pursuit, he encounters Elephant. Same scenario. At long last, Octopus finally hands over Teddy. The enstomached animals and eggs escape, and Bear happily--and finally--goes back to sleep. In this wordless tale, the French illustrator uses a storyboard format of large and small encircled scenes on a white page to tell an energetic and emotional tale. Bear resembles the titular character from "I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly" as his tummy grows larger and larger, comfortably fitting all, who are often seen in cutaway views sitting and chatting with one another. Colorful drawings with overlays of swirling lines sweep by at a fast pace as the action grows increasingly frantic, mirroring Bear's growing anxiety. A lesson to be learned: don't mess with the teddy. An imaginative and well-designed chase. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592701254
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Series: Stories Without Words Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 287,233
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Gaetan Doremus: Born in 1971, GAËTAN DORÉMUS received his degree from the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg in 1999, after which he picked up a few other degrees while creating picture books and illustrations for the press. Doremus has illustrated over 20 books and has produced hundreds of freestanding illustrations and cartoons. He loves to bicycle ride, walk in the mountains, and eat green tomatoes with cinnamon. In 2006, he became a Papa.
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