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Albert the bear
Butterworth, Nick.
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
The toys in Mr. Jolly's toy shop try to cheer up a sad-looking stuffed bear named Albert.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 72946.
Format :


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Material Type
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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When Albert arrives in Mr. Jolly's toy shop, the other toys think he is the saddest-looking bear they have ever seen. Determined to cheer him up, the toys spring into action. But underneath his frown, Albert the bear has a surprise of his own. . . .

Nick Butterworth's vibrant illustrations and memorable characters tell a delightfully charming story filled with giggles -- and some very big laughs indeed!

Author Notes

Nick Butterworth was born April 15, 1946 in Britain. He is a British children's author and illustrator. He was educated at the Royal Liberty School in Gidea Park. He left home to work as an apprentice as a typographical designer with the National Children's Home before working at Crosby Fletcher Forbes (the forerunner of design agency Pentagram) and then leaving to become a freelance graphic designer in partnership with fellow long-standing friend and children's writer and illustrator, Mick Inkpen. Their published collaborations include 'Just Like Jasper', 'Jasper's Beanstalk', 'The Sports Day', 'The Nativity Play' and 'Wonderful Earth'.

His works include several books about Percy the Park Keeper, the first of which was entitled One Snowy Night. Percy also appeared in his own animated television series. He has written and illustrated other children's books including Thud!, The Whisperer - Winner of the Nestle Prize 2005, and two books about Q Pootle 5, a space-dweller whose friends include Oopsy and Planet Dave, and Tiger. Nick Butterworth is also a founding partner of Snapper Productions which is producing the animated series of his best-selling books Q Pootle 5.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

A bright red "Albert the Bear" tag attached to this book's jacket announces its title; the tag seems to dangle from the pleasingly plump, furry protagonist's ear. Albert could well hold his own at Toys R Us Butterworth (My Mom Is Excellent) makes this droopy-eyed, pouting polar bear imminently huggable. In this light-as-air story of friendship, Albert's arrival at a toy store elicits concern from the others. " Poor love," says Sally, a hippo decked out in pink tutu and toe shoes. "We must try to cheer him up." So the toys put on a show, starring a mouse who forgets his jokes, a klutzy jack-in-the-box, and Sally with the two left feet: " `My dancing is not funny,' said Sally. `It is beautiful and artistic.' The other toys tried not to smile." Throughout their attempts to prompt a smile from him, Albert tries to fit in a word edgewise, to no avail. But Sally's bungling ballet results in the bear's laughter and an explanation that beneath his manufactured demeanor, he really is a happy fellow. This gentle reminder not to judge by appearances slips in unobtrusively, thanks to the buoyant text and illustrations. Silhouetted toys frolic across abundant white space on one page; facing pages display square-shaped scenes within a wide border, its contents spilling out energetically. In one spread, Sally leaps "artistically" out of the panel illustration, joyfully oblivious to her imminent collision with Albert. Cameo appearances by Waldo, Paddington, Raymond Briggs's Snowman and other popular characters add to the book's understated charm. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-A slight, flawed story. When Albert arrives at Mr. Jolly's toy store, the other playthings stare at his sad expression and decide to cheer him up. They put on a show, resulting in a series of mishaps that culminates with Sally the dancing hippo crashing into the bear and leaving a huge pair of smiling lipstick stains on his face. This leads to much laughter, especially from Albert, who has been trying to explain all along that he only looks sad. The story is a bit long for its intended audience, and the logic of Sally kissing Albert when she crashes into him is rather odd. At times the text does not flow smoothly. However, the illustrations are large, lively, and animated, and would work well either one-on-one or with a group. Children will also enjoy finding some of their favorite characters from other stories hidden in the pictures, including Kipper, Paddington, Bob the Builder, and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Libraries with a strong following for Butterworth will most likely find an audience for this book, but others can pass on it.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.