Where Teddy Bears Come from

Mark Burgess (Author) Russell Ayto (Illustrator)


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.

Product Details

Peachtree Publishing Company
Publish Date
August 01, 2009
10.2 X 0.4 X 11.7 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About 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.

Russell Ayto had a varied career before turning his attention to children's book illustration. He worked as both a postman and a scientific officer. He has illustrated numerous books for children including 'The Witch's Children and the Queen', winner of the Smarties Gold Award, 2003, and 'The Witch's Children Go to School' which won The Funniest Book for Children Aged 6 and Under, a category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, 2008. He lives in Cornwall with his wife and two young children.


"The abstract, angular images are particularly striking...appealing unity in this quirky Christmas offering."
"Sophisticated readers will like this offbeat Christmas story."
"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."
"With its lively, bold watercolors filled with humorous details, this tale is likely to be a storytime hit well beyond the Christmas season."