We're Going on a Bear Hunt


Michael Rosen
Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Reading Age: 6+

Interest level: 2+


Michael Rosen
Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Follow a father and his family as they go out in search of a bear. They wade through the grass, splash through the river, squelch through the mud and even negotiate a snowstorm on their way. But what will await them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest?

Michael Rosen's repetitive text has a musical charm that lends itself perfectly to reading aloud, whether to a group or to an individual - and children will enjoy joining in with actions and words. Combined with Helen Oxenbury's beautiful illustrations, it makes for a wonderfully enertaining picture book that has become a firm favourite for families.


Publisher: Walker Books

About the authors

  • Helen Oxenbury

    Growing up in Ipswich, England, Helen Oxenbury loved nothing more than drawing. As a teenager, she entered art school and basked in the pleasure of drawing, and nothing but drawing, all day. During vacations she helped out at the Ipswich Repertory Theatre workshop, mixing paints for set designers. It was there that she decided her future lay in theatre design. While studying costume design, however, Helen was told by a teacher, "This is hopeless, you know. You ought to go and do illustrations - you're much more interested in the character, and we don't know who's going to play the part!"

    Helen Oxenbury
    Helen Oxenbury
  • Michael Rosen

    Children's Laureate 2007-2009

    Michael Rosen is one of the best-known figures not only in the children's book world but also the British arts scene. His first book of children's poems was published in 1974, and he has gone on to write numerous award winning children's poetry books, picture books and non-fiction, such as Quick, Let's Get Out of Here and We're Going on a Bear Hunt.

    Alongside this he performs, teaches, lectures, presents Word of Mouth on Radio 4 and reviews books for the Guardian. In 2007, Michael was appointed the fifth Children's Laureate - a role which he says will be used to be an 'ambassador of fun'.


    Michael Rosen
    Michael Rosen

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Average rating: 3/5

What you thought

I have no issues with the book, however if you decide to write a review on this book please make sure you check over your spelling e.g "enertaining"; this should be ENTERTAINING.

10 October 2016

very good book for children about 6+ and pictures for 2+

Rating: 5 star
Georgie H
6 October 2015

I remember reading this when I was about 4 and I loved it

Rating: 4 star
7 October 2013

This book was first introduced to us in a toddler group. The group leader read the book out loud to all the children and by the end of it they were doing the actions to over it, under it and through it. I have read this many times to my little girl of three and she now reads the book to me (with a little help occasionally). We both love this book that's why it deserves a 5 star. A must read for all children.

Rating: 5 star
Claire Nankivell
3 October 2012

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