One Night in Beartown

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One Night in Beartown

From the award-winning duo that brought you Sarah’s Shadow comes another magical adventure…

When bear-mad schoolgirl Sandy Lane has her beloved teddy bear Berisford confiscated at school, she dreads the thought of going a whole night without his cuddles.

Little does she know that a bear-rilliant night awaits her, involving Berisford, a bear statue and many other wonderful friends!

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Author, Nick Jones

Author Bio –

I’m Nick Jones, an award-winning author originally from Bristol but now living in Congleton, Cheshire. I write books for kids and I’ve also written several joke books for adults. My first book, Gagged and Bound – A Book of Puns, One-liners and Dad Jokes, was a best-seller under Puns and Wordplay on Amazon UK, and two sequels soon followed. You can download a FREE collection of my jokes here.

In December 2017, I tried something different: a children’s picture book about a girl who loses her shadow. Illustrated by the super-talented Si Clark, Sarah’s Shadow has proved popular with kids and parents alike. In 2018 it won Best Children’s Picture Book in the 2018 Book Awards on international book review site Readers’ Favorite. My claim to fame is that the same award was previously won by none other than Jim Carrey, the Hollywood actor-cum-children’s author! Sarah’s Shadow also won Runner-Up in the Book Excellence Awards and received a Purple Dragonfly Book Award as one of the best picture ebooks for children aged 6+.

In 2020 I ran a Kickstarter campaign during lockdown to fund my next book, One Night in Beartown. It was inspired by the Bearmania event that took place in 2011. Thanks to amazing support from businesses and individuals in Congleton and beyond, I raised £4,000 to illustrate and print the book. It was published on 1 December and you can buy it on my online shop, on my publisher’s website or as an ebook on Amazon. For updates, please follow me on social media or subscribe to my newsletter!

My Review

Beartown is the host to many creatively decorated wooden bears. One of the wooden bear statues is right in front of Sandy’s house. Sandy is a sweet little girl who loves all bears. She has bear wallpaper, books, and her favorite teddy, Berisford.

She received her teddy from her grandmother and she never sleeps without him. One day she tucked him in her backpack before school. The school bully, Tommy, grabbed the bear and taunted her with it. Tommy made fun of teddy bears and made the classroom children laugh at Sandy.

The teacher punished Sandy by taking away the bear. She told her that she could have the bear back on the following day. Sandy was so distraught! She was having a hard time going to sleep. But, then the magic happened. Or was it a dream?

The bear statue invited her for a picnic in which all the bear statues in town came to life and played together. Sandy had a marvelous time with her new friends. When Sandy told the bears about the bully, you’ll never guess what happened next!

This is a charming book for young children. They’ll learn how bullies don’t win and enjoy a nice make-believe story.

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