Item description for Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup...
Overview It's never bath time for Big Smelly Bear which makes him completely unapproachable, but when he needs to enlist the aid of Big Fluffy Bear to scratch an unreachable itch, he just may need to reconsider his uncleanly ways. 12,500 first printing.
Publishers Description Kids will love this lighthearted and fun tale about keeping clean, featuring an adorable character that bath-resistant little ones will really relate to. It's never bath time for Big Smelly Bear: he doesn't brush, he doesn't wash, and he's simply unBEARable. No one can stand to come close Then, one day, he wakes up with a most awful, unreachable itch. He could really use a little scratch from a friend, but Big Fluffy Bear won't help because Big Smelly Bear stinks Will he change his ways and bathe? The witty ending is sure to satisfy
Awards and Recognitions Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup has received the following awards and recognitions -
Texas 2x2 Reading List - 2008 Recommended - Children's category
Citations And Professional Reviews Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1555
Publishers Weekly - 03/05/2007 page 60
Kirkus Review - Children - 03/01/2007 page 232
School Library Journal - 06/01/2007 page 126
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.7" Width: 10.12" Height: 0.42" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2007
Publisher Boxer Books
ISBN 1905417373 ISBN13 9781905417377
Availability 0 units.
More About Britta Teckentrup
Britta Teckentrup has a string of internationally successful titles, including Grumpy Cat and Big Smelly Bear (both Boxer Books). Born in Hamburg, Germany, she later studied at St. Martin's College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. Britta now lives in Berlin with her artist husband and young son.
Reviews - What do customers think about Big Smelly Bear?
Big Smelly Fun! Mar 26, 2008
This is a very cute story about the virtues of bathing, as seen through the eyes of a bear who has a distinct lack of personal hygiene skills.
Just looking at the cover, the comparisons with Eric Carle's style will be inevitable (something that the publishers seem to have intended, considering the layout).
The story is simple, but clever. Big Smelly Bear never bathes. The only creatures who want to come near him are flies. The other forest animals all ran to get away from his stink.
But when Big Smelly Bear needs a friend to scratch an itch that he can't reach, he might finally have to take that dreaded bath. He may even find that his friendship with Big Fluffy Bear is worth the trouble of an occasional dunking in the river.
Kids will giggle over the title and the main character, and the book gives some good positive reinforcement about baths, as well as some lessons in friendship. The illustrations are colorful and fun, and the book is a good length for a quick bedtime story with big legible print for youngsters to follow along.
Kids love this book! Jan 9, 2008
This is a great book! We have to read this book every night before we go to bed. My two-year-old can recite most every page (and does this all day!). Have fun!
Good Book That Teaches Kids the Societal Benefits of Good Hygiene Sep 28, 2007
This is an excellent book which teaches children that others in society will act and think of them differently if they don't clean themselves up, wash their clothes and the like. Illustrates to children the benefits and interaction from their friends (and even the opposite gender but this will be over the head of younger readers) won't happen with poor hygiene as they'll want to keep their distance or avoid you is brilliantly portrayed through the two main characters (bears).
Illustrations are more in the style of softer cartoon looking animals than more realistic looking style illustrations other illustrators of animals use, but I think it suits the story well. The basic plot is a bear doesn't really care that it smells and is known as Big Smelly Bear by the other animals. It refuses to bathe in the river and as its smell gets worse and worse its skin becomes itchy. It tries everything to get rid of the itch such as rubbing against a tree and using a stick to reach its back.
One day it notices a female bear in a tree. She tells him she is known as Fluffy Bear and he asks her to come down and scratch his itchy back. She tells him she will if he has a bath first which he refuses to even think about. Of course his desire for Fluffy Bear to scratch his back is starting to outweigh his desire to follow his non bathing stance!
A good book with a very simple storyline and a bit of repetition between the two main characters which kids of course love but those who are really adults and don't understand that kids read and take in messages from books differently may well find simply annoying. Big Smelly Bear is of course a kids' picture book so if you're just an adult who likes to read books with pictures you may want to choose something a bit more mentally challenging.