“Illustrated by Michael Terry (The Selfish Crocodile), The Rug Bear is an engaging picture book for young children (aged 0-5) that is full of fun characters to look out for on every page.
A perfect book for parents and children to read together, the book features a game of hide and seek that takes a rather unexpected turn.”
What did we think?
The Rug Bear by Emma Rattray, is a perfect read a loud story. There is plenty of opportunity to use expression, and with some phrases being repeated throughout it is easy for children to join in which is a super way to encourage language development and can be helpful for early readers too.
The story is beautifully presented, with some rhyme. It is a nice and gentle tale about familiar animals and the unexpected turn of a game of hide and seek.
As always, my opinion is not the most important though. As the book is aimed at preschool children, I asked my 5 year old what he thought of it.
“I really, really, really, really liked it. I liked all of the animals, and seeing what they were doing.”
Did you have a favourite animal?
“I liked them all the same, but the bear looked snuggly.”
How do you feel about the book now? Would you tell your friends about it?
“This is one of my favourite books now. I would like to share it with my friends.”
My closing comment would be about the wonderful illustrations. They are so carefully thought through with little details that The Loud One liked spotting as we read the book together. They complement the writing perfectly.
Where can you buy a copy?
The Rug Bear is available in paperback (£9.99) and ebook (£3.99) at all good bookshops and online retailers, such as Waterstones.
About Emma Rattray:
Emma Rattray was born and brought up in rural Scotland and the west coast of Ireland. As a child she spent a lot of time climbing trees, swimming in rivers and playing with her white rabbits. When young, she and her siblings had their own real car to drive around the fields in, a 1940’s Austin. They could not drive it properly but managed to bump, jerk and then stall around a nearby field. As a result, their car was called Hicccup.
Emma later became a journalist, starting out as a secretary in the London office of the Washington Post. After becoming a finalist in a Vogue writing competition, Tina Brown offered her a position as a Features Writer for Tatler. She now lives in Perthshire with her husband and children. The Rug Bear is her first book.
N.B. Big thank you to Emma who gifted me (and my boys!) a copy of The Rug Bear for the purposes of my review. All thoughts are my own. For more information please see my disclosure page.