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Dave Shelton


David Fickling Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

14th March 2013

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A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

Dave Shelton

Lovereading - -Year 3 (age 7-8)

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An amazing adventure follows when a boy takes what he thinks will be a short ride in a boat with a boy. But the ride is not a short one… Soon, the boat is in the middle of an empty sea and the bear is struggling with a map and searching the horizon with a telescope. Luckily the boy has brought some food with him as together, the boy and the bear deal with impenetrable mist, a terrifying sea monster and even the remains of a disgusting sandwich in this humorous and gentle journey of survival and self-discovery.



A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton

A boy and a bear go to sea. Will the Harriet, their trusted vessel, withstand the violent lashings of the salty waves? And will anyone ever answer their message in a bottle? Brilliantly funny and tender, this beautiful book maps the growth of a truly memorable friendship and tells the story of how, when all becomes lost, the most unexpected joys can be found.

Rich in atmosphere and gently humorous, this is a delightful small-scale but epic adventure.  A book to savour.


'A Boy and a Bear in a Boat is a joy to read: slightly surreal, funny, a little bit scary. It's about friendship and trials but also simply about indulging your imagination... I just can't imagine what more you could want.' - The Bookbag

Rich in atmosphere and gently humorous, this is a delightful small-scale but epic adventure . . . A book to savour" Julia Eccleshare

Very special  Guardian

Just occasionally, a gentle funny little book pops up in which the story, tone, illustrations and even cover are so perfectly attuned to each other, and to the children for whom it is intended, that it lifts one's spirits. This is such a book  Sally Morris The Daily Mail

A charming journey of discovery at sea for eight year olds and above   Lorna Bradbury The Daily Telegraph

One of the most original children's books I've ever read  Philip Reeve

About The Author

Dave Shelton was born and raised in Leicester (more or less) and educated at Loughborough, Cambridge and Brighton. He now lives and works in Cambridge. He has been drawing and colouring in professionally since 1990 and, as yet, has not starved to death as a result. Dave believes that there is no time of the day or night when it is inappropriate to take a bath or to eat breakfast. He likes crosswords, comics and cricket and has never owned a dog. Do not, under any circumstances, allow him to talk to you about pens.

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