Bear Make Den
written by Jane Godwin and Michael Wagner
Allen and Unwin Australia 2016 / Candlewick US 2017
Bear has made himself a wonderful den, but something is missing. What could it be?
A warm, playful picture book about what truly makes a home.
Joyner's engaging, big-eyed, orangey bear thinks in Godwin and Wagner's minimalist bear-pidgin, giving the impression of a gruff, practical fellow; there's a tantalising, turn-the-page pause before the reader sees what he has come up with at each attempt to make 'den right. Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser
Bear is a great role model, proving—without preaching—that industriousness, grit, and ingenuity offer manifold rewards. Publishers’ Weekly, Starred Review
The best picture books are deceptively simple - they are a perfect marriage between text and illustrations based on a simple premise that has wide application and then hidden depths so that each time the story is read or shared, there is something new to discover. This book meets all those criteria from cover to endpapers.
Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian