We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Michael Rosen
Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

We're Going on a Bear Hunt
  • This is the perfect book to read aloud
  • There are lots of swishy swashy actions to join in with!
  • It's a story of real drama, magically presented


Publisher: Walker Books
Age group: Toddler
Age group: Preschooler

'My son loves the chase at the end...'

I have read this book so many times I know it by heart-my 2 year old son can not wait until the bear appears and loves the chase scenes at the end and the last page when the bear is seen trudging back to his cave. We do the various actions as the family travel across different hazards in their search for the bear.

Geeky mum

About the author

Helen Oxenbury

Growing up in Ipswich, England, Helen Oxenbury loved nothing more than drawing. As a teenager, she entered art school and basked in the pleasure of drawing, and nothing but drawing, all day. During vacations she helped out at the Ipswich Repertory Theatre workshop, mixing paints for set designers. It was there that she decided her future lay in theatre design. While studying costume design, however, Helen was told by a...

Michael Rosen

Children's Laureate 2007-2009 Michael Rosen is one of the best-known figures not only in the children's book world but also the British arts scene. His first book of children's poems was published in 1974, and he has gone on to write numerous award winning children's poetry books, picture books and non-fiction, such as Quick, Let's Get Out of Here and We're Going on a Bear Hunt. Alongside this...
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What families say

My mum read this book to me and we were also able to see this book turned into a theatre show. It was great and I enjoyed the part when the bear reaches the house but can't get in. Joanne now knows this story word for word and reads it with me over and over again night after night.

Rating: 5 star
Joanne Kevill
31 August 2011

This book is brilliant. My 3 1/2 year old Connor Loves it. He knows every word and gets really excited when reading it. Its also inspired him to go on walks more as he likes to go on his own Bear hunt, making up stories with what when find around us in the woods/coastal paths/beach :D .

Rating: 5 star
14 April 2013

We read it every night at bed time - in fact we have to read the part where the bear is chasing us again and again!! Leah just loves it, especially when the bear reaches the door - GGGRRRR!!

Rating: 5 star
1 February 2013

We love this book as it's really fast paced and you get drawn into the action.(we do the actions as we go too.) We all end up hyper after reading this. Ryan feels really sorry for the bear at the end and wishes we could go to give it a cuddle.

Rating: 5 star
R & R Drummond
29 January 2013

This is such a fantastic book and has really engaged my 2 year son. He loves the rhyming style and has 'oh no' and 'two big eyes' off to a fine art. I often see him acting out the bear hunt. I think this will be a long time favourite.

Rating: 5 star
10 January 2013

This book is a classic for a good reason, it is easy to read and the noises are great as well as the change of pace. My son always get very excited when the bear appears and laughs at the squelchy mud.

Rating: 5 star
21 December 2012

I adore this book- my mother read it to me when I was a child, and I have now bought the pop-up version of it and have been reading it to my 6 month old! Without a doubt we will be reading it for many years to come, as it is a classic, and I love to sing it with all the hand movements that I learnt when I went to nursery!

Rating: 5 star
25 September 2012

My 8 month old enjoys this story - particularly the sounds - swish swish! I like the idea of everyone hiding in the bed at the end - including the dog :-)

Rating: 4 star
16 August 2012

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