Never Brush a Bear

Never Brush a Bear

By Author / Illustrator

Sam Hearn


Picture Books

Age range(s)



Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd




Paperback / softback




This is a delightfully amusing story about a determined young pet stylist called Herschel, who makes it his mission to brush a bear...

He's a head stylist, pet pamperer, extraordinaire!
He dreams of awards, and longs to win prizes,
For coiffuring creatures in all shapes and sizes!
But a bear's not a pet!!
And brushing a bear is something he should forget!

This charming story introduces us to Herschel, an adventurous and ambituous pet stylist who wants to style an animal he has never worked with before... a bear!  He ventures deep into the woods in order to accomplish his aim. He follows a trail of leaves into a dark cave, discovering a GIANT and TERRIFYING BEAR... who turns out to be quite polite! 

Bright and lively illustrations accompany rhyming text to create a fun story that will have children laughing out loud as they read along.  This is the latest title from award-winning author and illustrator Sam Hearn; it will be beloved by children and adults alike.



Never Brush a Bear is a delightful and fun rhyming picture book with lovely, simple illustrations which my children in reception enjoyed listening to! (And they always love a story which rhymes!).

It had them scared at one point, then had them all laughing out loud! They were able to relate this story to their own experiences of being tickled and how it feels, too. It lead to the question at the end, "Would you Brush a Bear?" and some ingenious answers to this question!

Picture Book / Reviewed by Ashley, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 3+


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