The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Fred wins the best bear in the wood contest every year. He's a champion fisher, excellent at scaring humans, brilliant hula-hooper and his GRRRRR! cannot be beaten. But new arrival Boris is stiff competition - and since he turned up, Fred has lost his Grrrrr!
The animals of the forest are keen to help, and as the competition comes to a head-to-head, Fred and Boris find they have more in common than they realise.
Bright and beautiful illustrations, great characters and a fabulously fun set-up make a perfect picture book package. Children will love heroic Fred and sneaky Boris, and the text's bouncy rhyme keeps the story bounding along marvellously. A useful lesson about choosing friendship over competition makes for a sweet and memorable ending. Grrrrr-eat!