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The Grizzly Bear Who Lost His GRRRRR!

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  290 ratings  ·  44 reviews
From the award-winning author and illustrator of Blown Away, Rob Biddulph, comes a delightfully hilarious story about a grizzly bear named Fred who loses his GRRRRR.

Each year, for as long as the forest has stood, a contest is held for the bears of the wood… Fred is the champion. He’s the best.

But being the best takes time and training, especially when it comes to havi/>Each
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by HarperCollins (first published August 27th 2015)
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Georgina Peachey
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: relationships
This book would be great to use within a PSHE lesson as it centres on the importance of friends and how much they can help you, especially in your time of need. This is a great message that children need to read about.
Lena B
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this is the best book ever written, everybody else can go home
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My children loved it!
An interesting read with a moral tale to tell - 3.5*

I liked the ideas behind the book. It isn't the most interesting book (as an adult) but I think the children in my class would really enjoy re-enacting the 'grrrrr!'

It would be useful for PSHE or just as an end of the day story. There's definitely a number of book talk questions that would arise from this book.
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
A super cute read-aloud about a bear who tries to find his grrrrr and finds some new friends in the process.
Dec 06, 2016 marked it as zekes
Cute. I love a story that flows and rhymes
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fred has a lot of impressive talents, but the best talent of all is that his grrrrr is the loudest of all. This means that he spends a lot of time on his own getting ready to compete, but he doesn't need friends when he's surrounded by all of his trophies and awards. When a new bear comes to try to win Fred's usual trophy and Fred wakes up one morning with no grrrrr, Fred is worried that this could be the end of his reputation as the bear with the best grrrrr. Soon new friends help Fred to find ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really admire all the rhyming in this book. It's a longer picturebook with a good plot, good jokes, good illustrations, and a good ending. It's impressive that Biddulph has ALL that AND good, consistent rhyming for the entirety of the book. This book has the humor of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, but it also rhymes.

I like that the illustrations are a mix of full-bleeds and almost comic-style paneling. This is a great book for both reading aloud to non-readers and with those who are transitioning to reading o
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Fred is a three-peat champion of the Best Bear in the woods contest, but he thinks he doesn't need anyone, as long as he has his trophies and ribbons, but when a new challenger comes along, and Fred loses his award winning GRRRRR, he discovers that he does need friends to help him find it, to retain his championship.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, picture-books
This is a great story about friendship, but can be used for a storytime about bears or sports. The text rhymes. It's very nearly too long for a preschool storytime, but worked for a group of four year olds I did today.
Two BookWorms Blog
Fred is the three-year champion of the Best Bear in the Wood Contest. He is great at fishing, hula-hooping, scaring humans and especially growling. He’s got the loudest GRRRRR of all.

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Kenson and kirra
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
shows the power of friendship and working together
Miss Sarah
Preschool and up for length but a cute story about the champion bear Fred who winds the best bear contest every year until he looses his grrrr? Will the new bear in town beat him?
Ashley Wesner
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
It's silly and has a great message behind it! Even if you've lost your GRRRRR, your friends will always be by your side!
Nanor & Co.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lovely book with a GRRRRReat message!
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
That bear can’t steal Grrrrr,Grrrrr is a voice not a thing!
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Audience: 1st grade, Forest friends, those who don't think they need friends

Appeal: Rhythm/Rhyme, Bear tattoos, Pirate Bear, Sir Bear
Miss Ryoko
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute story, super cute illustrations
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Grrrrrrrreat messages in here, including my favorite pages in which his friends join in to help him out. =)
Paige M
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Funny friendship story , good for preschool storytime
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books-2
Super cute and am loving watching the bunnies throughout.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the illustrations so much, the colours and shapes are fantastic. The story itself is really good but the pictures steal the show for me!
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great story of the perils of competition and the importance of friendship. Great illustrations and story and fun to read aloud.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fred is the grrrr champion. He doesn't have many friends and doesn't think he needs them until the day his grrrrr disappears and the other animals offer to help. Can Fred and friends recover his grrrr in time to win the contest? Who is Boris the mysterious new bear in town?

Love the illustrations of long necked bears with narrow heads wearing the occasional turtleneck sweater!
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
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This a friendship tale, but it also has not one, but two interesting bears in it! Fred wins the Best Bear in the Wood contest every year, but, as you can probably tell from the title of the book, he has a dilemma on the day of the contest. Will Fred win, again this year? Read The Grizzly Bear Who Lost His Grrrrr! to find out! Love the illustrations, too.
The story is told in rhyme, which makes it fantastic for a bear, friendship, or winning/games themed storytime or just to readaloud.
Audience: Grade School
Illustrations: Groovy
Plot / Review: Fred lost his roar, but by the end he learns what true friendship means. It’s a little long and super rhyme-y, but it has a cute message about what it means to be a good friend and a good sport. This is a nice one for showing kids how to compete with poise.
Read Aloud: Maybe
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kiddos
This one is a must-have for the home library. Lovely illustrations paired with a simple theme of friendship and written in a "rhyming style" that kids can easily grasp. I borowed this book from the library but I think I may have to buy a copy for myself!
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story ties to the Olympic theme about a bear who wins all the medals in the forest contest for bears. Until a new bear joins the contest and the Grizzly bear has competition. Grizzly finds that even though he is all about doing his best by himself it takes some help to find your GRRR.
Maia Moore
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great story from the author of Blown Away. A fun rhyming tale about a bear who loses his Grrrrr - not just his voice but the actually grrrr that goes inside his speech bubble. Fun for adults as well as kids.
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