The Last Elegant Bear
Published by Little Simon Books
The Last Elegant Bear is another one of those books where the story is eclipsed by the artwork. Story? What story? I can’t remember the story. But look at the pretty pencil sketches and colour pencil work!
The book follows the “Life and Times of Abiner Smoothie”, a well-bred bear born into privilege and a family tree to reckon with. Abiner’s constant companion is Puppy (who really is a rabbit) and they are never apart, even when Puppy is not supposed to be there.
We follow Abiner to a posh school, then to the navy, and then to his travels all over the world.
Without doubt, the star of the book is the artwork. It’s colourful enough to keep a child’s attention, and detailed enough to appeal to adults.