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The moon and back before bathtime? Whatever next! Join Baby Bear as he finds a rocket, makes friends with an owl and has a picnic on the moon! This enlarged edition is the second Bear family adventure following the bestselling 'Peace at Last'.
Paperback, 31 pages
Published July 6th 2007 by MacMillan Children's Books (first published 1980)
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Mehrin Ahmed
Jan 04, 2012 Mehrin Ahmed rated it really liked it
This book tells the story of a bear who finds household objects and turns them into a helmet, space boots and a rocket so he can go to the moon. On the way he encounters an owl who joins him on his journey. They land on the moon and have a picnic but eventually get bored, and thus decide to go back home. When he arrives home his mother does not believe him. A brilliant story about creativity and imagination.

After studying this book with a class of nursery children, I believe that it is great fo
Hollie Westmore
This book is what I always use during a space theme! This book lends its self so well when planning and implementing a creative curriculum. Baby Bear pretends to go to the moon for a tea party with owl in a make shift rock made from a cardboard box and a colander for a space helmet! I found children love to re- enact this story with large boxes, wellington boots and colanders! I highly recommend this book for children in the EYFS to support a space theme.

I like how at the end of the story Baby
Jun 08, 2012 Nadia rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely story about Baby Bear who is determined to go to the moon. His mother tells him that he cannot go to the moon without a rocket so he searches his house and finds a rocket (a cardboard box), a space helmet (a sieve) and some space boots and then he is off on an adventure. When Baby Bear lands on the moon he has a picnic with an owl he met on the way there. I have fond memories of reading this book as a child. I think that this would be a great book to use in a drama lesson as it ...more
Bobbie Jo
Oct 06, 2013 Bobbie Jo rated it it was amazing
‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy is a children’s story about a bear who, whilst getting ready for bed, flies to the moon in his box rocket, his colander helmet and his friend the owl.
This story would be suitable for whole class reading in reception, nursery and year 1, and suitable for independent reading in year 1, as it may be slightly too easy for some year 2 and slightly too long for reception children. In terms of subject areas, this story could be used to inspire imagination in story writing
Papia Sultana
Sep 17, 2012 Papia Sultana rated it liked it
The book ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy is a really good children’s picture book. In the story Baby Bear looks out of the window one night and notices the moon. He then decides he wants to go to the moon just before bath time. However, he is told by his mother that he needs a rocket. He finds a rocket, space helmet and space boots and sets off for his adventure to the moon. On his way he becomes friends with an owl. Baby Bear and owl enjoy a picnic on the moon before he sets back for Baby Bears ...more
May 09, 2012 Nazrul rated it really liked it
Following on from Jill Murphy’s ‘Peace at Last’, I read ‘Whatever Next’ to my Reception Children. This was a fantastic read and got their minds racing. They were asking about the Moon, what it looks like and if they can go there! So, I thought I’d take them to the moon. Using this as a stimulus for a role play, I set the hall as a moon (and even added in new characters to get more children involved). This was excellent fun and an excellent way to get children talking.

It can be used in a number o
Stacey Scanlon
May 08, 2012 Stacey Scanlon rated it it was amazing
‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy is a story about Baby Bears imaginary adventure to the moon. He finds a box under the stairs and pretends it’s his rocket, and uses a colander as his space helmet. The story describes his adventure to the moon and who he meets along the way. The children in Reception loved the illustrations and acted out the scenes during free play. It is a brilliant story about creativity and imagination. We also used this book as a cross curricular link to numeracy when we were l ...more
Apr 07, 2016 Lucy rated it it was amazing
This book is about a Bear that finds a box under the stairs, he then uses his creativity to imagine that the box is a spaceship and so travels to space. He collects objects from around the house to assist him on his travels, a colander to interpret a space-helmet, this allows the childrens creativity to run wild. When teaching i showed he objects to the children and let them suggest what bear might use it for. The book is beautifully written adnd illustrated with warmth and humour. The illustrat ...more
Jan 12, 2015 Farzana rated it really liked it
I read this book to my reception class; it is about a bear that wishes to go to the moon, so he uses house objects to transfer in to space gears, for example wellington boots to space boots, cardboard box as his rocket. On the way to the moon he meets an owl that joins him to the moon where they have a picnic together. After his journey he went back home, down the chimney and then 'bump' as he falls down. His mum was cross as he is filthy so gives him a bath, and does not believe his journey to ...more
Serina Kwan
Oct 06, 2014 Serina Kwan rated it really liked it
‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy is a lovely picture book for children in EYFS and KS1. It is a story about a baby bear’s journey to the moon. One night, baby bear decides to go to the moon. He finds his rocket (a big carton), space helmet (sieve), space boots (wellington boots) and together with some food then off he goes to the moon through the chimney. On his way, an owl joins him. Finally, they land on the moon and have a picnic. They get bored after the picnic and head back to home on the roc ...more
Hester Enthoven
Sep 14, 2014 Hester Enthoven rated it it was amazing
Whatever Next!
By Jill Murphy

I really enjoyed reading Jill Murphy’s stories when I was younger. They are full of great descriptions and can really spark a child’s imagination.

In Whatever Next! Baby Bear wants to the visit the moon but he’ll have to find a rocket first. He searches the house and finds a space helmet (colander), space boots (wellies) and rocket (cardboard box). He blasts off to space up the chimney; on his way to the moon he meets an owl who joins his adventure. They have a picnic
Nazia Rahman
Apr 29, 2014 Nazia Rahman rated it really liked it
Baby bear goes on an adventure to the moon and back before bath time. He finds a rocket and flies to the moon. On the way there he meets an Owl and they accompany each other. Once at the moon Baby bear and owl enjoy a picnic together. Baby bear had to be back on time before bath time. Once he landed home Mrs Bear was shocked at the state he was in. When baby bear told her that he’d been to the moon, Mrs Bear thought it was another one of his stories.
Appropriate age is for Early Years and KS1.
Stacey Seaborne
Apr 25, 2014 Stacey Seaborne rated it it was amazing
One night before going to bed, Baby Bear looks up at the moon through his bedroom window and decides to go to the moon and back before bath time! Baby Bear tells Mrs Bear about his plan but then she reminds him he can’t go to the moon because he needs a rocket first. To find a rocket, Baby Bear looks in the cupboard under the stairs and find his rocket (a cardboard box!). Baby Bear also finds some space boots and a helmet (wellington boots and a colander). Baby Bear takes off in his rocket from ...more
Charlotte Dutton
Mar 23, 2014 Charlotte Dutton rated it liked it
Jill Murphy's Whatever Next is a brilliant book for the Early Years Foundation Stage (3-7 Years) and really enables children to explore their imaginative play. Baby Bear searches the house for a rocket, helmet and space boots (all of which are household items) and blasts off up the chimney into space with his teddy, an owl and a bag full of picnic food. Once returning home, after his trip to the moon, he jumps in the bath and excitedly tells stories of his adventure; but of course his mother doe ...more
Fatma Bodhee
Apr 25, 2014 Fatma Bodhee rated it really liked it
This book is about Teddy who climbs up the chimney and rockets up to the moon in in a make shift rocket made from a cardboard box and a colander for a space helmet! On his way he meets an owl who travels with him to the moon. When they land on the moon, they have a picnic. When Teddy returns home, his mum wonders why he is so dirty. He says that he has been to the moon but mum doesn't believe him and says 'Whatever next!'

This is a great story to spark children's imagination. It can be used for r
Nov 03, 2012 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Courageous Baby Bear had better things to do than take a bath. He found a rocket under the stairs, a space helmet and boots. He took off up the chimney and away to the moon. After a picnic on the moon, Baby Bear returned home just in time for his bath. This book is a lovely adventure story that I have used during circle with nursery children to promote imaginative talk. Teachers could use this books an introduction to a creative writing assignment for upper key key stage1.
Lorna Bellingham
May 01, 2012 Lorna Bellingham rated it liked it
A great book for Early Years to read. It's about a baby bear who wants to go to the Moon so he builds himself a rocket from a cardboard box and flys up through the chimney. He meets an owl and they have a picnic on the Moon together. Baby bear finds it a bit boring so they fly home so he can have a bath. It has whole page pictures and no more than 3/4 lines of text on each page. It would fit in nicely with a topic on Teddy in space/Teddy goes to the Moon.
Feb 12, 2015 Farhana rated it liked it
Whatever Next!
I saw this book in the library area of my reception class which then brought back memories of me personally reading this book during my own childhood-I really enjoyed the book thus choose to read it to the class during story time.
Whatever Next beautifully written and illustrated by Jill Murphy, is a picture book based on a bear known as Baby bear who uses his imagination to travel to the moon and back before bath time. Baby bear uses house hold equipment he finds around the house t
Rumena Khatun
May 04, 2012 Rumena Khatun rated it it was amazing
This is a much loved children’s book. Baby bear wants to go to the moon so he makes a rocket out of a box. This book is beautifully illustrated with the popular Baby bear character from ‘Peace at last’. It taps into children’s imagination as they can too get a box and imagine that they are flying to the moon. When the mum says ‘whatever next’, it suggests that Baby bear did in fact visit the moon and it was not imagination.
Sajeda Assenjee
Dec 19, 2011 Sajeda Assenjee rated it really liked it
This classic Jill Murphy book was a favourite in the class. The story of little bear finding his rocket, space boots and space helmet and flying to the moon. The children enjoyed collecting these items and pretending to fly to the moon. The pictures bring this story to life and there are so many activities that can completed from reading this book.
Erin O'connor
Jun 28, 2014 Erin O'connor rated it really liked it
This lovely book tells the story of a little bear who wants to go to the moon. Even though his mum says he can't he gets a box from under the stairs and makes a rocket ship.

This is a classic for Early Years teaching. There are so many opportunities for the children to participate and do actions and the story is delightful. The children can really relate to the idea of little bears make believe journey becoming real and they always love doing a count down to a blast off. At the end little bear ge
Zohra Patel
Apr 27, 2015 Zohra Patel rated it it was amazing
This book is about a bear who “travels” to the moon to have a picnic with his friend, the Owl. It is aimed at Key Stage One, and focuses on the idea of make believe, which is something all children are familiar with. It has bright illustrations and can be used as part of a cross curricular topic on space, and to make rich display material. It’s a shame this book isn’t longer and doesn’t have any sequels. The way the book is written focuses on the power of imagination, and can be used as a “hook” ...more
Feb 22, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
Baby Bear wanted to go to the moon, but his mum said that he needed a rocket to go the moon, so determined Baby bear made himself a rocket with a cardboard box and a colander for a space helmet and took off up the chimney to the moon. After a picnic on the moon with an owl, Baby Bear returned home just in time for his bath.
I am currently reading this story as part of Big Book to a group of high and middle ability Reception children and there is so much that can be done with it.

For Literacy we
Jun 26, 2013 Rahime rated it liked it
Whatever Next is a story about a little bear that goes on a journey to the moon.His mummy tells him it is time for bath ,but he puts his space boots(wellington boots), his space helmet(collinder),gets his toy and some food,jumps into his space rocket( a cardboard box) and sets to the moon.He makes friends with an owl on the way and they have a picnic on the moon together.
I used that book to introduce fantasy stories to my Year 1 class in SBT3. The book is beautifully illustarted with a rich sto
Sharn Samra
Jun 07, 2013 Sharn Samra rated it it was amazing
‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy is about an imaginative Bear who decides that he wants to visit the moon. Mother Bear tells Baby Bear that he needs a rocket to go to the Moon. The preparation for his journey starts underneath the stairs where he finds a rocket (cardboard box), a helmet (a colander in the kitchen) and a pair of space boots. He decides that he wants to go just before bath time. On his way to the moon, he meets an owl and has a picnic. He starts to feel quite lonely on the moon and ...more
Rebecca Needham
Dec 16, 2013 Rebecca Needham rated it really liked it
This charming story is Jill Murphy’s second book about the Bear Family and is the follow up to “Peace At Last.” The richly coloured illustrations help to guide us along as we follow Baby Bear on a wondrous journey to the moon and back…all before bath time. Whatever next?

Ideal for Early Years and Key Stage 1, children will be enthralled as Baby Bear pulls on his moon boots, (a bright, yellow pair of Wellingtons); hunts down a space helmet, (a green colander found drying on the draining board) an
Marzina Begum
Jan 13, 2014 Marzina Begum rated it it was amazing
Whatever next is a story about a little baby bear that wishes to go space for an adventure. Baby bear uses a cardboard box to fly into space through his chimney and lands on the moon, he bumps into an owl on the way there, and both the owl and baby bear fly into space together to have a picnic on the moon. After the picnic baby bear returns home to tell his mother the wonderful adventure he had. The story would be a good read for children in KS1 this story could also influence children’s creativ ...more
Laura Voyatzis
Nov 10, 2012 Laura Voyatzis rated it it was amazing
As a youngster ‘Whatever next?’ was mine and my elder sister’s favourite book. Murphy tells the story if a little bear who goes to the moon in his spaceship one evening and returns in time for the evening bath. Along the way an owl joins baby bear in his quest to visit the moon. The story is really imaginative and exciting for young children.

I believe that this book would be extremely appropriate for the EYFS. This is because KS1 children may not appreciate the beauty of the imaginative play tha
Sarah Adamson
A wonderful tale of adventure before bath time. A fantastic story with wonderful illustrations.
Madeleine Lee
Oct 24, 2014 Madeleine Lee rated it it was amazing
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Jill Murphy is a London-born English children's author, best known for The Worst Witch series and the Large Family picture books. She has been described as "one of the most engaging writers and illustrators for children in the land."

Jill Murphy was born in London and attended the Ursuline Convent in Wimbledon which, together with the boarding school stories she enjoyed reading, provided much of th
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