Archie and the Bear (Hardcover)

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By Zanni Louise, David Mackintosh (Illustrator)
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Archie is convinced he is a bear even though everyone around him thinks he is a boy. Until one day when he ventures into the forest only to find a bear...who thinks he’s a boy! They end their day together enjoying the things both boys and bears love: warm quilts, warm fires, and honey sandwiches. The perfect bedtime story!

— Whitney Kaaz


Despite big differences, a gap between friends can be bridged by sharing in this boldly illustrated tale of a boy who says he's a bear and a bear who says he's a boy.

A very small boy in a bear suit and a very large bear in a boy suit share the fun of pretending, adventuring in the woods, and a honey sandwich next to a warm fire on a cold day. Which is really the boy, and which is the bear? It doesn't matter—you are who you say you are. With minimal text and bold, dramatic illustrations, this picture book offers a thought-provoking take on identity and brings a fresh vision to the theme of finding connections hidden behind visual differences.

About the Author

Zanni Louise has been a storyteller since childhood. It wasn’t until she had her first child that she pursued a grown-up career as an author. She lives in Australia with her family and a cat named Mary Feather Flower. Visit her online at and on Twitter @zannilouise.

David Mackintosh is an illustrator, graphic designer, and art director, celebrated for his bold, quirky style and his innovative book designs. David lives in London, draws a lot, has a bicycle, and loves making things, books with pictures in them, and being read to. Visit him online at and on Instagram @profuselyillustrated.

Praise For…

"A multimedia feast for the eyes. A striking, imaginative, beary good book."--Kirkus

This gentle story reminds readers that friends don’t have to look the same to find common ground."--Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781328973412
ISBN-10: 1328973417
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: September 18th, 2018
Pages: 32
Language: English
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