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The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  232 ratings  ·  61 reviews
A comic romp through Shakespeare's London featuring an intrepid little boy, a friendly bear, and-in the role of dastardly villain-the Bard himself.

What happens when a boy bursts through the curtain of a deserted theatre and onto the world's most famous stage? He lands on the Bard himself and the chase is on-through the streets of Shakespeare's London. This is a rare and in
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 17th 2007 by Roaring Brook Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a wordless picture book and the "comic" type format will be familiar to those who enjoy graphic novels. This isn't usually my favorite style of picture book so I'm being a bit generous in giving this four stars--I think it's worthy, but my enjoyment was maybe only three stars. That said, it's a fun introduction to the look and feel of Elizabethan London for youngsters. The concept of the boy time-traveling thanks to a theater curtain is quite fun and a lovely nod to the magic of theater. ...more
Feb 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
My girls (ages 4 and 1 1/2) love this book. I wasn't sure it was appropriate because the book is pretty scary. The story is about a boy who is transported back to Elizabethan London through an empty theater stage. He is chased by Shakespeare throughout the story. The Bard jumps out of bushes and boats and he catches the cape of the boy in a very exciting climax to the story. Earlier in the story the boy and his bear sidekick save the Baron from being beheaded and there are lots of heads on poles ...more
Apr 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pic-bk-wordless
(SPL) A boy playing among the warehouses of London kicks a soccer ball into an abandoned theater. There he finds an enchanted cape that transports him back in time right onto the stage of one of William Shakespeare's plays!

(Claudia) Colorful cartoon-style story panels follow a self-confident little white boy and his anthropomorphic bear buddy through a fast-paced series of escapades in a historically accurate Elizabethan “theatre district” replete with colorfully-costumed nobles, tooth-challenge
Nov 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture
Cute wordless, comic-strip format picture book about a little boy who is transported back to Shakespearean times while playing soccer in an abandoned theater. I liked how the boy was unfazed by time travel, angry actors, severed heads, and wild animals.
The large number of frames per page may be a bit much for the attention span of smaller children.
Oct 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kids ages 4-12
Shelves: lis-565
This wordless comic book stye picture books tells the adventures of a boy who kicks his soccer ball through the window of an old theatre. There he is transported through time back to the globe theatre in Elizabethan England. He stumbles on to the stage of none other then the Bard himself, William Shakespeare, who isn't pleased at the interruption. As Shakespeare chases the boy through London the boy meets and frees a bear and a very timid baron. As the posse tries to evade the Bard they meet man ...more
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a terrific wordless graphic novel that is full of excitement, adventure and suspense. The historical aspects of the story are wonderful too, with Shakespearean times depicted and a theatrical theme. It's a fun way to explore old London.

The only thing that I found disturbing was the numerous heads on pikes in the middle of the book. While historically accurate and the illustration itself is not overly gory, that is one grotesque historical detail that could have been left out without aff
Author and Illustrator: Grergory Rogers
Age Recommendation: Recommended 6+ by publisher. But the older and more historical context children have the more they might understand.
Art Style: Sequential not unrealistic but detailed
Topic/ Theme: Friendship
Setting: Elizabethean England
Series: Boy Bear

I really like the ideas behind The Boy, the bear, the Baron, the Bard. For those of us who were raised with or now manga and sequential art, this is a wonderful book to give kids. To introduce them to somet
Bailey Bach
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book tells a story all through its illustrations. In this story a young boy accidentally kicks his soccer ball into an theater. He goes to look for it and decides to have some fun. He dresses up and then jumps through the stage curtain and finds himself in Shakespeare's London on top of the Bard during a play. The boy tries to escape the Bard and runs into a bear and a Baron while making his escape through the town and they help each other escape. Will the boy make it back to the theater sa ...more
Super cute story about a modern day boy who winds up in Elizabethan England, disrupting Shakespeare performing, and chased throughout London by the Bard himself. Along the way, the Boy befriends and saves a chained Bear and a Baron (who later regains his standing with Queen Elizabeth herself) and escaping back to his own time. This would be a great resource after studying some of English History and culture, because the illustrations actually depict an honest 16th Century London (complete with t ...more
Addison Spence
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Genre: Picture Comic Book
Awards: None
Ages: 6-9 years old
A. This book is easily recognizable for its type due to the comic boxes that are on each page. The story relies solely on the comic art to describe every motion each of the characters make.
B. Color is a visual element that is very helpful to following the story plot. When life is good and the two main characters are friends the backdrop is very light and playful. When they are being chased everything dulls out and becomes very somber.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
I think I've found a new favourite picture book author/illustrator! I've never been a fan of wordless books, because I love words so much, but the wonderful stories by Gregory Rogers are so clever that I've been converted. This is a wonderful story of a little boy who is magically transported into the world of Shakespeare's England. It's fun, adventurous, and full of special friendships. Another great book for reluctant readers to get them hooked on the power of stories.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm not a fan of wordless picture books, but anything involving Shakespeare I will read. My 8 year old liked some parts of this book, but others required explanation. I did love the illustrations of the Globe Theatre, but the story lost us. Perhaps we just aren't a good audience for this style.
Amanda Walz
A wordless picture book that is rather sad.
Wordless book, the pictures tell the story.

Ages 5-9 per Amazon
After kicking his soccer ball into an old, abandoned theater building, a young boy heads in after it. After exploring his surroundings he discovers the costumes and props room. He begins to try on clothes and discovers a cape. With cape on he runs through the theater and through the front curtain...and finds himself transported to Elizabethan England.

Immediately he is pursued by William Shakespeare, the man who's play he interrupted. While hiding the boy discovers a bear locked in a cage, in sha
Elizabeth Smith
Rogers, Gregory. The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard. Connecticut: Roaring Brook Press, 2004. Print. Fiction, time travel, Shakespeare, Elizabethan era. In The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard a little boy gets swept into the Elizabethan era with a time traveling machine. He lands right in the middle of Shakespeare’s play, causing a stir and making Shakespeare go mad and chase him all over the city. Along the way he meets different characters and after nearly being caught winds up back in h ...more
Apr 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: elementary-college age
Shelves: pb-wordless, award
CIP: A boy finds an enchanted cape in an abandoned theater that transports him back in time onto the stage of one of William Shakespeare’s plays! A comic romp through Shakespeare’s London featuring an intrepid little boy, a friendly bear, and-in the role of dastardly villain-the Bard himself.

There is a lot going on in this wordless picture book!! It is large size (not quite big book) and illustrations are in comic book/graphic novel style squares. The drawings are very detailed and the book is t
Nov 03, 2011 rated it liked it
In this wordless comic book style story, a young boy is transported back to Shakespearean England. The Bard himself chases him through London. This is where the story becomes really interesting and delightfully confusing. The boy saves a bear, the runs across (I think) London Bridge, rescues a Baron from prison, hangs out with Queen Elizabeth, and manages to get back to his regular time. Whew! That's a lot!

This book was worth the effort it took for me to get into it. I enjoyed the illustrations
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard by Gregory Rogers is about a boy who followed a ball and found an old theatre. He accidentally stepped on the stage and was chased by the Bard. On the street while hiding from the bard, he befriended a bear and saved the Baron. It was a tremendous adventure, but he had to return to his home. He found himself standing alone in the old theatre in the end.
The wordless picture book allows the readers to fill in the rest of the story with imagination. The plot i
Steve Rush
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In the book The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard. we fallow a young boy around the age of 8. He fallows his ball into a old abandoned theater. Where his imagination takes him back in time to a world famous theatrical stage called the Globe.
He finds himself in the middle of a performance that doesn't make the Bard to happy. This story has no words, but only pictures to help tell the story of this young child as he runs through the streets of London finding new friends.
I would recommend this b
Jun 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My 4 year old daughter loves this book. Loves it. I picked it up at the library along with a bunch of other books, and this is the one she latched on to and reads a million times a day. There is no text to go with the pictures, so she will tell herself the story or have me tell it to her. I think she loves that it's different every time. A little boy who time travels back to Elizabethan England and is being chased around by an angry Bard while he rescues a bear and a baron? Who'd have thought. O ...more
In this comic-style, wordless book, a small boy wanders into an abandoned theatre and is time warped onto a stage in which a Shakespeare play is being performed. This upsets Shakespeare and he decides to chase after the boy. The boy runs from him and ends up running into a bear that is in a cage. He helps the bear escape and brings him along on the run from Shakespeare. They then meet a Baron, jester, and set him free as well. The three run from Shakespeare until one by one they begin to leave t ...more
Camille Rivera
This book tells the story of a boy who finds himself in an abandoned theater. While playing in the theater, he finds himself transported back in time and upsets a bard (Shakespeare). In his attempt to escape, the boy becomes friends with a bear and meets a baron. Together they run around trying to stay away from the bard. This book is a wordless picture book and is extremely entertaining. The illustrations are very engaging and are drawn in a comic fashion. I would love to use this book as an ex ...more
Destinee Sutton
Oct 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
I'm really into wordless picture books lately. At first I didn't like them, but I think that was because they require a different kind of reading that I'm only just getting the hang of.

This one is about a boy who wanders into a theater and is magically transported back to Elizabethan London where he pisses off Shakespeare and spends the rest of the book on the run from him. It's got a comic book look to it and because there are no words parts of the story are sort of open to interpretation, whi
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, history, humor
Told entirely without words, this story of accidental time travel introduces the reader to a curious playful boy and the characters he meets. The pictures capture perfectly the era of Elizabethan splendor and squalor through which he travels and makes poignant his friendships as well as the ire of the Bard whose play he has interrupted. One image, e.g., perfectly and hilariously captures the moment of time travel itself, far better than most cinematic visual effects.

This is an amusing little rom
Jun 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: laszlo
This book is about a boy who kicks a ball into a theater. After that, I don't really know what happened. He gets chased by a bard, he meets a bear and they rescue a baron. The reason I am not exactly sure what happens is because there are no words. The story is told through pictures. I prefer words.
Jan 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A book without words, this picture book could be for children through out grade school. It tells the story of a small boy's travel through time to the time of Shakespeare's time, where he frees a bear, who shows him around 17th cen London. Told reminicant of a graphic novel, it is a good transition between picture book and other graphic mediums.
Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)
A modern boy steps through the curtain at Shakespeare's Globe theatre and is transported back to the 17th century for an encounter with the great man himself. A wordless cartoon, shows us his adventures- he comes across a bear and a baron, as well as the bard. I must admit to preferring a story with words, this format still works well here- with lots of comic detail in the drawings.
Chenoa Brown
Apr 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: wordless
This book is good for students in the grade levels 2-5 because of the Elizabethan theater. I would also recommend it for all grade levels because pictures and the students can depict their own version of the story by just pulling their thoughts from the pictures. Wordless books give students the freedom to bring to life what they see in the pictures without being told it is wrong or right.
Kaethe Douglas
Wordless books are hard. Way hard. I'm not sure how much an actual child would like it, but time- traveling into a Shakespearean performance and having an adventure running around Elizabethan London with a bear delights me.

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Children's book illustrator, Gregory Rogers studied fine art at the Queensland College of Art and worked as a graphic designer for some years before taking up freelance illustration. He was the first Australian to be awarded the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal.