Hairs on Bears
by Geraldine Ryan Lush
illustrations by Normand Cousineau
24 pages, full colour
8" x 8"
Also available as English softcover
(Not Currently Available for Purchase)
In this wacky but eternally wise tale, children learn the timeless secret to keeping their fuzzy friend forever!
Hairs on fingers/hairs on toes/hairs right up Aunt Bertha's nose. Now you see them/now you don't/Now guests come/and now they won't...
This perennially favourite story, of a perennially enduring problem... " millions and billions and trillions "of dog hairs has evoked tender, identifiable chords in dog-lovers everywhere. The highly appealing subject matter, energetic, rhythmic style as well as the rich, saturated European-hued illustrations, have garnered the book multifaceted accolades from all over! The following exemplifies the sheer delight taken in this rol- licking, riotous salute to a lovable mutt:
"A buoyant picture book that will delight pet owners... wonderfully bright and zany, surrealistic cartoon illustrations add to the hilarity.. a rambunctious read-aloud with a bit of pet care thrown in for good measure. A gleeful success!"
School Library Journal, New York
Cousineau's bright off-kilter, primary-coloured ink drawings add a distinctiveness. Recommended.
Canadian Book Review Annual
"One of the best... one of the funniest, fuzziest books encountered!"
"A wild romp of a verse about a family's efforts to cope with the effects of a hair-shedding dog."
London Free Press
"Uses the poetic techniques chdren love, rhyme and metre. The illustrations are lively and the story is full of punch."
Kitchener- Waterloo Record
'Stylish, stylized, richly textured pictures capture the manic mood of the text... attendant chaos of the subject matter appeals to young children."
Quill & Quire, Canada's Book Review Journal
The Observer, Montreal
"Comical and original."
Copley News Services, Washington DC
" Straight out of Dr. Seuss... a hoot and a holler all the way through!"
Town Crier, Toronto
"Has it all when it comes to young children: colour, an engaging rhyme, humour, and a lesson on a suitably-young level of some of the responsibilities a young pet owner will have to live up to... Ryan-Lush has fimily established herself as a children's writer of high calibre... a worthy addition to the shelves of children."
The Evening Telegram, St. John's
"Should stand the test of repeat readings."
Atlantic Books Today
An added wildly popular bonus is the board game on the inside covers of the book where one proceeds around the track by avoiding, or getting caught up in, dog hairs! This is indeed a little gem of a book where author and illustrator successfully mesh their talents to create that rarest of all jewels in children's writing ... the perfect picture book.
Normand Cousineau is a well-known Montreal artist who teaches art at the Université du Québec 'in Montreal. His editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, The Globe & Mail, LIRE, The Observer, and L'Actualité
About the Author
Geraldine Ryan Lush was born and raised in St. Joseph's, St. Mary's Bay, Nfld. A former teacher, she recieved her B.A. (Ed.) from Memorial University of Nfld and besides four successful children's books, has written numerous articles, poetry, short stories, and many other children's stories published in local and national publications. Her work has been on the American Bookseller's "Pick Of The Lists" and starred reviewed in the prestigious School Library Journal, New York; among prolific, countless other positive reviews
in French and English, from popular and literary sources all over. A profile of Geraldine and her work recently appeared
in an American reference source citated for excellence by the American Library Association. Besides other honours, she
has been awarded major writing grants from the NFLAC and the Canada Council for the Arts, to further her work, particularly the highly appealing Malcolm K. Wall series. Geraldine lives in St. John's.