Winter 2020 Kids Indie Next List
“Oh, Fergus. He just doesn’t get hide and seek. After hiding among moose, polar bears, and skinny trees, Fergus finally discovers the perfect hiding place. But when it’s time for the game to be over, Fergus is nowhere to be found. Oh, Fergus.”
— Angie Tally, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC
Play the funniest game of hide and seek ever with Fergus, a bear who's very, very bad at hiding.
The hilarious illustrator of I Don't Want to Be a Frog brings picture book fans a super-silly, interactive story that will have children giggling from start to finish. Follow huge, loveable Fergus and see all the many ways in which he is TERRIBLE at playing hide-and-seek, such as standing behind a VERY tiny tree ("Found you, Fergus! That was too easy!") or trying to camouflage in a giant crowd of bunnies and squirrels ("Try bears, Fergus. Bears!").
But wait! The game isn't over yet! The last two pages fold out into a giant panoramic look-and-find scene, where Fergus is well and truly hidden, and young readers can have fun looking for him and lots of other details in the the crowd. There are hours and hours of play value in this adorable book. Children will want to come back to it again and again.
About the Author
MIKE BOLDT is an author and illustrator living in the countryside of Alberta, Canada. His picture books include I Don't Want to Be a Frog (written by Dev Petty), Bad Dog, and Find Fergus. When he's not drawing, he's building snow forts and Lego spaceships with his three kids, or sharing laughs and his ice cream with his wife. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBoldt and on Instagram at @thatmikeboldt, and learn more about Mike at mikeboldt.ca.
"The continual voice of the speaker is that of a kind, patient instructor as Fergus follows directions, presents various choices for hiding places, and works to improve strategy. . . . An amusing introduction to the long-standing diversion of hide-and-seek books." —Kirkus Reviews
“Fergus never gives up—a subtle nudge to readers who find their own attempts at mastery frustrating.” —Publishers Weekly
“Undeniably adorable. . . . This readaloud has a lot of potential for hilarity and interactivity.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books