A Boy and a Bear in a Boat


When a boy boards the Harriet, a small launch piloted by Bear, a seemingly simple short sea crossing soon turns into something altogether more challenging and strange.  As the trip begins to last much longer than it should, the Boy wonders if in fact the Bear is lost. He is concerned as to why are there no supplies on board, save a comic book in a very odd foreign language and a very unappetising looking Last Sandwich.

As the strange journey continues, the Boy and the Bear forge an unlikely friendship in adversity, as they encounter sea monsters, storms and even a ghost ship.

The Boy and the Bear in a Boat’ is a curious parable. It sees Dave Shelton at the height of his powers as a storytelling comic book artist.  The characters are both feisty and vulnerable and the relationship between the ill-matched shipmates is beautifully realised.


A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

Dave Shelton

(Corgi Yearling)

How does a simple sea crossing for a boy and a bear (ship’s captain), become such a strange adventure? There are sea monsters, storms and comic books. There is a very real fear they may have to eat The Last Sandwich.
Dave Shelton’s skills as comic book artist and storyteller come together in ‘The Boy and a Bear in a Boat’, a strangely charming parable.  An unlikely team battle the elements and everything the sea has to throw at them.  


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