26 Feb 2021


 One of several bloggers to be participating in this Book Tour (for the full see the Blog Tour Schedule further down the post), today I'm pleased to be sharing my thoughts on ...

One Night In Beartown by Nick Jones.

Genre: Children Picture Book (ages 4-8)

Publication Date: 1st December 2020

Standalone Novel

Estimated Page Count - 32

Purchase Link - https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Night-Beartown-Nick-Jones-ebook/dp/B08NFH7H9X

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!

FIRST SENTENCE ... Sandy Lane LOVED bears.

MEMORABLE MOMENT ... And they had hours of fun in the playground - although the bears kept getting stuck on the slides! (Pg un-numbered)

MY THOUGHTS ... Inspired by the painted bears of Congleton's Bearmania event in 2011 which raised thousands for Animal's Asia Foundation. 

A must read story for anyone who has ever loved a teddy bear. The story of what happens one night in Bearstown when Sandy, her beloved bear, Berisford, and several other bears (amongst them the town's statue) gather for what else but of course a teddy bear's picnic, One Night In Bearstown is a charming tale that with its imaginative and eye catching illustrations by Si Clark make for a magical read that is sure to delight its reader ... no matter what their age.

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.

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!

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Kelly said...

This sounds delightful. I'm sure my children would have loved this book when they were young. They each had a beloved bear.

nightwingsraven said...

This sounds definitely like a
delightful book and the
illustrations which you shared
with us are eye-catching.
For my part, I have always had
a soft spot for bears. And thank
your for your enthusiastic review.

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

Who doesn't love a cuddly teddy bear, no matter what age we are!

I can't believe that any school would be so cruel as to confiscate a child's bear overnight, that's so wrong!!

Sounds like a lovely story and the illustrations are amazing, which is what my almost three-year-old great niece, always spots first. She will go through all the pages of a book and critique the illustrations, long before she wants to hear the story. Sometimes she only wants to hear the story on a page where she likes the illustrations and she will turn over the pages she doesn't find to her taste! - when did children get to know their own minds and have an opinion at such a young age :)

I loved the link to the 'Bearmania' event. I love this annual event, which follows a different theme each year. Bath had an amazing 'Lion' event a couple of years back. I particularly liked the last bear on the page, which was 'jigsaw puzzle bear', that was amazing!

Thanks for sharing and I hope that all is well with you both :)


Melliane said...

I didn't know aobut this one but it looks nice!

Gina said...

Sounds darling and I love the cover! Must check out those paintings that inspired it.

Suko said...

This sounds "beary" cute!

Sophia Rose said...

As a fan of teddybears, I can definitely see the appeal and the illustrations are adorable.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

I am sure my grandchildren would all love this. Thanks for sharing!

The Liberty Belle said...

Seems like a perfectly good book for storytime. Thank you for sharing. Have a lovely week.

Sherry Ellis said...

This sounds like such a fun book for kids!