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Shortlisted Most Promising New Talent 2012 - My Bear Griz by Suzanne McGinnes

It's bear hugs all round with a giant bear who's a boy's best friend

Posted: 20 May 2012
by Catherine O'Dolan

A young lad called Billy loves bear – in fact, he's even got his very own, a giant grizzly bear called Griz. The pair do everything together, exploring, playing, looking at the starry sky – and eating peanut-butter-and-honey sandwiches. In this stunning picture book debut, Suzanne uses a variety of pencils, pen and ink to create dramatic scratchy images. The pages also feature childish words of graffiti, like 'I heart peanut butter', to create a playful feel (and could fool parents that their child has been scribbling on the book, naughty, naughty!). A homage to the power of a young child's imagination – as the final image of Griz depicts him no longer as a giant grizzly bear, but as a cuddly soft bear!

My Bear Griz by Suzanne McGinness (Frances Lincoln, £11.99)

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