A boy and a bear go to sea, equipped with a suitcase, a comic book and a ukulele. They are only travelling a short distance and it really shouldn't take long. But then their boat encounters 'unforeseeable anomalies'...
Faced with turbulent stormy seas, a terrifying sea monster and the rank remains of The Very Last Sandwich, the odds soon become pitted against our unlikely heroes. 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.
Reminds you of The Life Of Pi, with better jokes Kitty EmpireObserver
Sometimes scary, sometimes deeply touching, and often very funny indeed Helen MulleyTeach Primary
The lovingly designed jacket and hardback cover, with its slightly mottled paper and 'worn' spine, evokes memories of Mervyn Peake's Letters from a Lost Uncle Philip ArdaghGuardian
Dave Sheltonís debut novel, is written in a simple, direct style with affectionate drawings . . . A whimsical journey that is truly about life, friendship, and self-discovery Jan LeeOxford Times
A riveting tale that will capture both children and adults through its quirky storytelling Booktrust
Dave Shelton, a graphic artist, miraculously paints pictures in the reader's head, using words like brushstrokes Dinah HallDaily Telegraph
Rich in atmosphere and gently humorous, this is a delightful, small-scale but epic adventure Julia EccleshareLove Reading
A beautifully tender and enchanting story of a developing friendship between two most unlikely characters, in the most improbable of settings Library Mice
With wonderful illustrations this funny and charming story of a developing friendship is a heart-warming joy Jane E SandellScotsman
Exquisitely restrained . . . the power of the novel lies in the relationship between the bear and the boy and the way Dave Shelton, a graphic artist, miraculously paints pictures in the readerís head, using words like brushstrokes Sunday Telegraph
A gentle funny little book 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 Sally MorrisDaily Mail
This comic skit on maritime survival stories is a book-long joke which will amuse and entertain many young readers Peter HollindaleThe School Librarian
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat is a joy to read: slightly surreal, funny, a little bit scary The Bookbag