One Night in Beartown – Nick Jones

(7 customer reviews)


When bear-mad schoolgirl Sandy Lane has her beloved teddy bear Berisford confiscated at school, she dreads the thought of going a whole night without his cuddles. Little does she know that a bear-rilliant night awaits her, involving Berisford, a bear statue and many other wonderful friends!

One Night In Beartown is a glorious book that deserves to be snapped up by a production company and turned into a Christmas tradition along with those well known animations of books by Raymond Briggs or Julia Donaldson.”  Linda Hill, Linda’s Book Bag 

One Night in Beartown is an awesome read; one of the best kids’ books this year; it’s most highly recommended.”. – Readers’ Favorite ★★★★★

You don’t need to hail from Congleton to buy this lovely book. It’s bear-illiant!  The Bookbag ★★★★


Following the success of his debut picture book Sarah’s Shadow, which won Best Children’s Picture Book in the Readers’ Favorite Awards in 2018, Nick Jones found inspiration for his next story in the town where he lives, Congleton in Cheshire. Congleton is nicknamed Beartown because, many years ago, the town owned a real-life bear, and in 2011 the town held a very successful festival called Bearmania, with over 70 painted bears dotted around Congleton. One day in 2018, when Nick drove past the Buglawton bear statue in Congleton, he had an idea: what if that bear statue came to life? Better still, what if all the painted bears from Bearmania came to life too? Two years and a Kickstarter campaign later, One Night in Beartown was born! Title: One Night in Beartown Author: Nick Jones Illustrator: Si Clark ISBN: 9780993079429 Format: Paperback Length: 32 pages Published: 2020

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Dimensions 3 × 216 × 267 cm

7 reviews for One Night in Beartown – Nick Jones

  1. Laura Voisey

    Sandy Lane loves bears. She is surrounded by them, from her bear wallpaper and her well-stocked library of bear stories to her teddy-packed bed. Her hometown once owned a real bear – there’s a statue of him outside her window – and there are many other painted bears to be found around the town. But her favourite bear is Berisford, a special gift from her grandma. Sandy and Berisford are inseparable – until one terrible day when the school bully manages to get Berisford confiscated and she faces the prospect of spending a whole night without him…
    Anyone who loves bears (and who doesn’t?) will love this delightful story of a young girl’s night-time adventure with her favourite friends. It’s a magical tale that’s been compared to Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman, and rightly so, and the ending, where the bully gets his come-uppance, is both humorous and touching. Nick Jones is a writer who truly understands what matters to children, from their fears to their wildest dreams, making this a real page-turner, and Si Clark’s compelling illustrations have an emotional sensitivity that perfectly conveys the ups and downs of a child’s world and the exciting possibilities it holds. Set to become a bedtime classic!

  2. Lynne Bradley

    A wonderful book based in Congleton, full of delightfully drawn bears that come to life for one magical night. Children and parents will want to read this book time and again.

  3. Will Kirkham (verified owner)

    Our son couldn’t wait to read this book, so much so that he started it in the car home.

    Another fantastically written story with superb illustrations…can’t wait for another book from Nick Jones and Si Clark.

  4. Paulette Ball (verified owner)

    Beautiful books.bought for my great grandson and grandson each signed by the author lovely Keepsakes the illustration the colours are so beautiful.thank you

  5. Jane Hunt

    One Night in Beartown, set in Congleton, locally known as Beartown, is a lovely story aimed at young children. It explores bullying, being apart from someone you love and the life’s magic that’s always there if you look hard enough.

    The illustrations are bright and engaging and illuminate the text in a way that appeals. The story is an easy read, perfect for reading to younger children or for older children to read by themselves. There is a magical feel to the story and a lovely twist at the end.

    I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

  6. Karen Winward

    As well as being a charming story with some well-recognised landmarks for a local lass and a lovely storyline for children to follow, I was particularly impressed with the beautiful quality of the book which was far superior to many children’s books I have. Wonderful!

  7. Anastasia Roberts (verified owner)

    This story is one of our favourites, I was born in congleton aka Beartown & now I have my own family here. My two girls ages 3 & 6 love the bears. I told my eldest about the bears a few years back and we went on a bear hunt. Now having a story with the bears is absolutely fantastic! Even better my daughter’s favourite bear is in the book. Well worth a read, such a lovely story! Nothing like making dreams come true for children 🙂

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