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Archie and the bear / Zanni Louise, David Mackintosh.

By: Louise, Zanni.
Contributor(s): Mackintosh, David, 1968-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Richmond, Victoria Little Hare Books, 2017Copyright date: ©2017Description: 30 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 24 x 25 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781760127510.Subject(s): Friendship | Emotions in children | Friendship -- Juvenile fiction | Bears -- Juvenile fiction | Interpersonal relations in children -- Juvenile Fiction | Interpersonal relations in children | Emotions in children -- Juvenile fiction | AustralianSummary: Archie has something to say, but no one is listening. So Archie leaves home...and discovers someone else with something to say. And because they both know how that feels, they both listen.
List(s) this item appears in: CBCA Book of the Year 2018
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Junior Keilor Library (DIY)
Picture Book L Available IA1540126
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Picture Book L Available IA1540150
Junior Deer Park Library (DIY)
Picture Book L Issued 10/01/2019 IA1540168
Junior Sydenham Library (DIY)
Picture Book L Issued 15/01/2019 IA1540142
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Picture Book L Available IA1540134
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Archie has something to say, but no one is listening. So Archie leaves home...and discovers someone else with something to say. And because they both know how that feels, they both listen.

For pre-school age.

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Booklist Review

Despite his small stature, opposable thumbs, and human parents, Archie, wearing a cute bear-eared cap, insists he is a bear, no matter what the adults in his life say. When he encounters a bear in the forest who's quite sure he's a boy (check out his natty red sweater!), the two share tips on what boys or bears do, like catch fish or skip stones. As chilly night falls, they agree that cozy places and honey sandwiches are best for both boys and bears, and a solid friendship is born. While the story of two misfits finding solidarity in each other is a perennial one, Mackintosh's whimsical illustrations freshen it up with bold cut-paper elements, varied points of view, and a playfully absurd sense of scale. Archie is tiny barely knee-high around adults and the bear looms over the page, with only a hindquarter or jaw taking up the majority of the space. Though that size difference might seem intimidating, this gentle story reminds readers that friends don't have to look the same to find common ground.--Sarah Hunter Copyright 2018 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

A story about a little boy with a bear-sized imaginationor perhaps a fantastic friendship with a bear.Readers may debate how much of the story's action is real and how much imagined, but as it opens it's clear that Archie is fed up with everyone telling him he's not a bear. Small and angry, he stomps off the recto while wearing what appears to be a bear hat, brown jacket, and gloves. "It's NOT a suit," he objects to looming adults who are visible only from the knees down. "I AM a bear!" The next spread zooms out to a distant perspective, rendering Archie a minute speck on the verso as he approaches a forest. There, he meets a large black bear wearing a red shirt, and when "Archie realized the bear was friendly, he said, I like your boy suit.' " The bear, incensed, insists "It's NOT a suit.I AM a boy!" Archie goes along with this, and a friendship is born. They cavort about the woods, teaching each other bear things (Archie teaches these) and boy things (the bear teaches those), ultimately ending up at Archie's house. Throughout, illustrations maximize the characters' extreme size difference, and gestural watercolors combined with blocky collage and textured pencil offer a multimedia feast for the eyes. A striking, imaginative, beary good book. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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