Project Description


Where Teddy Bears Come From

by Mark Burgess
illustrated by Russell Ayto

In the middle of a deep, dark forest, all the creatures are fast asleep. Except for a little gray wolf who can’t sleep a wink.

The little wolf knows just what he needs to get a good night’s sleep: a teddy bear to cuddle. So the next morning little wolf sets off to find one. But exactly where do teddy bears come from? The little wolf asks the Wise Owl and the Three Little Pigs, but nobody knows. Finally, the little wolf stumbles upon a kindly man with a bright red suit and a long white beard, and when the little wolf wakes up the next morning there is a surprise at the foot of his bed… and the answer to his question.

Mark Burgess has woven an amusing, satisfying story that features a steadfast character and a memorable cast of familiar faces. Russell Ayto’s distinctively quirky illustrations offer surprising perspectives and colorfully capture the delightful humor of the story.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-487-7
Publication Date: 8/1/2009
Page Count: 32
Size: 9-7/8″ x 11-3/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.1
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: AD590L
Themes: Bedtime, Christmas, Fairy Tales, Generosity, Gifts
BISAC 1: JUV012030 JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General
BISAC 2: JUV017010 JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
BISAC 3: JUV010000 JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams


“All the elements of a winner come together in this enchanting effort: : a charming main character, Ayto’s stylish mixed-media illustrations with a jazzy color palate, polished prose and a rewarding story.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“The abstract, angular images are particularly striking…appealing unity in this quirky Christmas offering.” ―Booklist

“With its lively, bold watercolors filled with humorous details, this tale is likely to be a storytime hit well beyond the Christmas season.” ―School Library Journal

“Sophisticated readers will like this offbeat Christmas story.” ―Publishers Weekly

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“A witty meander through the paths of bedtime books and fairy tales.” ―Daily Press

“Surprise! This is a holiday book. But, it’s the best kind. It’s festive, funny, clever and multi-layered enough to make it out of the ’tis the season stash to claim a spot on the shelf year-round.” ―Florida Times-Union

“Kids of all ages will like the silliness and the mash-up of all these stories…The details are fascinating… The story is fun, fast paced, and uses a large amount of dialogue, giving the reader many opportunities to stretch their vocal characters.” ―Kid Lit Reviews

“This delightful book, with its unique multimedia illustrations, will charm young readers who appreciate the importance of having a teddy bear to sleep with every night.”—Through the Looking Glass

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Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2010

Children’s Book Award (Nominee) ―Florida Reading Association, 2010-2011

Flicker Tale Children’s Book Awards (Nominee, Picture Books) ―North Dakota Library Association, 2010-2011

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Meet the Author

Mark Burgess has been a writer and artist of children’s books for over twenty years. His titles include Where Teddy Bears Come From, When Vegetables Attack,Mutiny At Crossbones Bay, and Dogs’ Night. He lives in England.

Meet the Illustrator

Russell Ayto has illustrated several picture books, including One More Sheep and Where Teddy Bears Come From. He lives in England.