Books by Hans de Beer

LITTLE POLAR BEAR TAKES A STAND by Hans de Beer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Scientific facts blend seamlessly with the fantasy of literal animal activists. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Little polar bear Lars is back—and this time, he needs to stop humans from depleting his fishing grounds. Read full book review >
NUGGET ON TOP OF THE WORLD by Hans de Beer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"While there is a nugget of appeal in the illustrations of the endearing puppy, this effort falls short in its intended thematic journey. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this Swiss import, a young dachshund puppy named Nugget explores the world outside his home, comparing his own small stature with larger animals and structures. Read full book review >
OLLIE THE ELEPHANT by Burny Bos
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Of course Ollie wants a brother…for a little familial warmth and dependability. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ollie, pining for a baby brother, goes on a walkabout to find one or become someone else's. Read full book review >
LITTLE POLAR BEAR AND THE SUBMARINE by Hans de Beer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"As a rudimentary introduction to friendship and environmental issues, if not geography, Lars can still create the mood. (Picture book. 3-6)"
De Beer's little polar bear, who debuted some 25 years ago, returns in a tale that combines familiar friendship problems with up-to-date concerns. Read full book review >
LITTLE POLAR BEAR AND THE BRAVE LITTLE HARE by Hans de Beer
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

Little Polar Bear And The Brave Little Hare (32 pp.; $15.95; PLB $15.88; Nov. 1; 0-7358-1011-7; PLB 0- 7358-1012-5): Lars (Little Polar Bear, Take Me Home!, 1996, etc.) gains a new friend in his latest adventure. In his trademark pink, purple, and blue pastel-colored arctic landscape, Lars saves Hugo, a nervous hare, from a hole. As fast friends they race, get caught in a storm, snuggle up against one another for warmth, share a picnic, and find their way home, but not before Hugo gets to show his own courage by getting Lars out of a jam. Such teamwork and fond friendship will win readers' hearts while the falling snow and expressive faces will dazzle their eyes. (Picture book. 4-7) Read full book review >
LITTLE BOBO SAVES THE DAY by Serena Romanelli
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

A violin-playing orangutan stars in this feeble story about courage and fidelity. On a trip to visit his Uncle Darwin, Bobo drinks from a glass, an implement he has never seen before. It is one of the many marvels his uncle brought home from his travels, made by humans—``Keep away from them!'' cautions Uncle Darwin. ``If they catch you, they'll make you into soup. Or they'll stuff you.'' But when Uncle Darwin gets sick, only human medicine will help him. Bobo bravely sets off to obtain it, meets and befriends a boy named Pico, who is out painting in the forest, and gets the medicine. Romanelli misses every opportunity to create suspense from Bobo's daring, and Pico's repeated use of the phrase, ``Super,'' is oddly out of step with the forest setting. (Picture book. 5-8) Read full book review >
LITTLE POLAR BEAR, TAKE ME HOME! by Hans de Beer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1996

Little Polar Bear, Take Me Home! ($15.95, PLB $15.88; Oct. 15, 1996; 28 pp.; 1-55858-630-X, PLB 1-55858-631-8): Lars, the little polar bear, is bored and hungry. He figures that the skies above the dump will be more interesting than the endless ocean. After assembling an al fresco lunch, he ambles over to the railroad siding to eat; there he encounters a young tiger, Sasha, a wayward train jumper who wants to go home. When the train begins to move, Lars becomes a train jumper, too. They head toward Sasha's home, through the boreal forest, across the high plains, and—it's assumed—to Siberia. Then Sasha's father, with Sasha on his back, takes Lars home. During that trip, Lars gains a new appreciation for his home. De Beer's pen-and-wash illustrations verily summon the landscapes traveled through, and there is the pleasurable curiosity of a tank car covered in Cyrillic writing. Not, perhaps, a geography lesson, but a pleasant tale of a friendly sojourn. (Picture book. 5-8) Read full book review >
THE BIG SQUIRREL AND THE LITTLE RHINOCEROS by Mischa Damjan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

Another heavy-handed European fable: tired of injuries carelessly inflicted by the larger animals, three small protesters wish for, and get, a size reversal. It doesn't work: the giant squirrel breaks branches and can't find enough acorns, the mouse doesn't fit in her burrow; meanwhile, the lion is reduced to eating grass, and the crocodile is afraid the fish will eat him. Agreeing to be kinder, all revert to their former sizes and ``have lived in peace and friendship ever since.'' A wistful thought—accompanied by de Beer's deftly drawn, amusing illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)*justify no* Read full book review >