This is NOT a Polar Bear!

This is NOT a Polar Bear!

By Author / Illustrator

Barry Timms, Ged Adamson


Funny Stories

Age range(s)



Nosy Crow Ltd








Get ready for fun, games and BIG bear hugs with a fabulous new friend!   This book is NOT about a polar bear. Well . . . OK, maybe it is! But this polar bear can drive a train, roller skate, disco dance and even save the world. And there's one thing this bear does best of all - he gives the biggest, cosiest cuddles!

With brilliant wordplay and a sweet and playful friendship at its heart, this is the perfect picture book for bear fans everywhere.   This fabulously funny story has stacks of appeal for both girls and boys - watch out for bubbles, bumper cars, jelly mountains, treasure chests and magical adventures.

Praise for This is NOT a Unicorn!: "Timms and Adamson put a genuinely fresh spin on the genre with irresistible word play, a joyful read-aloud text and gorgeous feel-good artwork." - Fiona Noble, The Bookseller.  See also:  This is NOT a Unicorn   This is NOT a Dinosaur 

Find out more in this Q&A with Barry Timms & Ged Adamson



This is NOT a Polar Bear! is a really sweet book with great rhyming about the antics of a polar bear and his friend. My daughter really loves this book and enjoys shouting out the next thing the bear is doing. She especially loves the bit where you have to 'name' the bear at the end. A great book for story time participation and engagement!

Picture book / Reviewed by Jo Thomas

Suggested Reading Age 3+


We LOVE this book! The word 'NOT' immediately tells you this is going to involve audience participation, and lots of expressive storytelling! It's NOT a polar bear (although the wonderful illustrations suggest otherwise!); it is about a bear that can do pretty much anything... From roller skating and bumper cars to disco dancing and tunnelling, this lovable bear and its friend will have every reader joining in, laughing and fully engaged in the tale right up until the end.

This is NOT a Polar Bear! is a great, enjoyable book for young readers to engage in. A brilliant resource for introducing and developing characters, and for exposing young readers into the imaginative world of story-telling.

Picture book / Reviewed by Maria Faithorn, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 3+


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