When Mawson’s guardian got in touch and asked if I’d like to review Mawson’s book It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In I simply couldn’t resist as, despite approaching my 60s, I’m a real sucker for a teddy bear.
It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In was published on 22nd June 2017 by Obscura and is available for purchase here.
It’s a Bright World to Feel Lost In
Are you feeling a little lost? Got that ‘left in the spare room’ emptiness about you? Mawson does too.
He sits atop his cushion and ponders about baffling things.
The world is a funny place for a curious teddy bear to live in. Friends approach him about their own dilemmas. They seek instant answers that will make everything all right. Mawson does his best. But after he ponders deeply, most things remain for him just as baffling as they were before.
Take a moment out of your day to pawse with him and explore the world. For the many frazzled readers who feel, secretly, much the same, he offers the comfort that the world is a bright place to be.
My Review of It’s a Bright World to Feel Lost In
There really are so many things in life for a bear to ponder.
Right, a couple of things to get out of the way first. If, as I suspect many will initially think, this is a book for children then I would have criticisms because of the fairly random use of upper case letters and some of the bear-like spellings in the pictures which undermine my sense of what is perfect modelling for literacy. And It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In could easily be shared with children and their own bears to help them feel safe and loved.
However, It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In is actually more a book for adults. Substitute the word bear for human or person and you have a book that provides solace in loss, friendship in loneliness and an understanding of what it means when someone you love is no longer with you.
I really liked this book. It is essentially a picture book for grown ups and I loved the quality of the photographs and the variety of bears included. I also really appreciated the emotional sentiments in the writing. Life is indeed very often baffling and I think we’ve all experienced ‘the aching sound of being searched for’ in our lives at some point.
It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In is a book about optimism, searching for new adventures and making the most of life and love. I can imagine a parent whose child is starting school or university sobbing over this book and I loved the concept that a bear can listen when no-one else will. It might sound ridiculous, but It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In brought a tear to my eye.
If you’re looking for a gift for someone who is struggling with life at the moment, I think It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In would make a wonderful present.
Mawson used to be a Bear-About-Town. However, these days he sits on cushions and ponders about Baffling Things. he has a guardian to help him with the typing in his books as it’s rather tricky when you only have paws!