Blanket & Bear, a Remarkable Pair (Paperback)

Blanket & Bear, a Remarkable Pair By L.J.R. Kelly, Yoko Tanaka (Illustrator) Cover Image
By L.J.R. Kelly, Yoko Tanaka (Illustrator)
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In the vein of picture book favorites such as The Velveteen Rabbit,The Giving Tree, and Knuffle Bunny.

From debut picture book author L.J.R. Kelly, and acclaimed illustrator Yoko Tanaka, comes a poignant ode to well-loved toys. Blanket and Bear have always gone everywhere with their boy—but one day they are accidentally left behind. On a daring adventure across oceans and faraway lands, they travel to find their way back to the boy, meeting new friends along the way.

About the Author

L. J. R. Kelly was born in London, England, and comes from a family filled with other writers. He studied politics at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and writing at Dartmouth College. He lives and writes in London. Visit him at

Yoko Tanaka is a graduate of the Art Center College in Pasadena, California and has illustrated several books for children, including the New York Times bestseller, The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo. Yoko lives in London, England. You can visit Yoko at

Praise For…

"Kelly, a debut author (and grandson of Roald Dahl), writes austere, emotionally blunt rhymes [that], when combined with Tanaka’s (One Moon, Two Cats) velvety but highly formal acrylic illustrations, keep the book’s more playful fantasy elements in check. On the spectrum of stories about the inner lives of playthings, this is more Velveteen Rabbit than Toy Story."--Publishers Weekly

"Kelly gives lost possessions a new life in his first book . . . The message is heartfelt and it may comfort children who are missing their favorite toys"--School Library Journal

"Can offer copious comfort to children with the suggestion that their closest childhood friends have found second lives elsewhere."--Kirkus Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781101997772
ISBN-10: 110199777X
Publisher: Puffin Books
Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
Pages: 32
Language: English