My dad is a grizzly bear

Swapna Haddow

Pan Macmillan, PanMacmillan

A playful, warm and funny story following a boy with a wild imagination and his lively family


A young boy is convinced that his Dad IS a grizzly bear, he’s certainly very hairy, growls like a bear, is grumpy when he’s woken up and when he’s hungry…but when the little boy is scared there is no one else in the world quite like his Dad for giving bear hugs and making him feel safe.

Swapna Haddow wrote her first novella aged 8, unfortunately she swapped it for some stickers and so can’t remember what it was about. Swapna lives in New Zealand with her husband and son and their dog, Archie. If she wasn’t writing books, she would love to run a detective agency or wash windows because she’s very nosy. My Dad Is A Grizzly Bear is her latest book. Swapna is also the author of the hugely popular Dave Pigeon series featured in the Word Play magazine.

Dapo Adeola is an award-winning illustrator and designer who creates characters and images that challenge expectations around race and gender in a fun and upbeat way. He is the co-creator and illustrator of bestselling picture book Look Up! – winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the number 1 debut picture book of 2019. London born and bred but of Nigerian heritage, when he’s not busy cooking up new characters and adventures you can find Dapo running illustration and character design workshops with children or organising events to help highlight the possibilities of a career in illustration to underrepresented members of the Black diaspora.


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