Cover image for I am bear / Ben Bailey Smith and Sav Akyüz.
I am bear / Ben Bailey Smith and Sav Akyüz.
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Entertainment, 2016.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
A mischievous bear plays tricks on his friends.
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The multitalented Ben Bailey Smith (aka rapper Doc Brown) debuts a rollicking read-aloud about a decidedly mischievous bear.

I am Bear.
And I am bare.
The suit I wear has purple hair.

Bear fills his day with food, funny jokes, tricks on his friends -- and an escape right off the page when they all chase him in pursuit! With jaunty rap-style rhyme, first-time children's author Ben Bailey Smith joins debut illustrator Sav Akyuz for a picture book starring a lovable, slightly naughty bear whose antics will have young children smiling in solidarity.

Author Notes

Ben Bailey Smith is a U.K.-based rapper (known as Doc Brown), an actor on the British edition of Law & Order and the British kids' show 4 O'Clock Club, and a stand-up comedian. Now he adds a new facet to his career: children's-book author. He lives in London.

Sav Akyuz is a first-time children's-book illustrator who has worked as a storyboard artist on TV programs and feature films. He lives in London.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

British actor, rapper, and comic Smith's foray into children's books introduces a large purple bear with a knack for mischief. Bear isn't naturally purple, as readers learn in the opening sequence. "I am Bear./ and I am bare./ The suit I wear/ has purple hair," writes Smith as newcomer Akyüz shows the bear zipping himself into a furry purple bodysuit (Akyüz gets lots of comedic mileage out of the bear's ample rear end, which the bear shows off several times, in and out of his suit). Smith's clipped rhymes have a polish and punch that helps each joke and gag hit its mark, as when Bear tells a knock-knock joke to a squirrel ("Knock! Knock!/ Who's there?/ Munch, munch./ My lunch") that ends with the squirrel in his mouth. (Lest readers worry, the squirrel reappears a few pages later, just in time to get framed as a doughnut thief by Bear.) It's a zippy, over-in-a-minute escapade, but Akyüz's vibrant, painterly images and the sheer force of Bear's personality make a distinct mark. Ages 2-5. Author's agent: Robert Kirby, United Agents. Illustrator's agent: Jodie Hodges, United Agents. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.