Title: Bipolar Bear
Author: Victoria Remmel
Illustrator: Victoria Remmel
Sometimes Polar Bear finds himself dancing at the very bright North Pole and other times napping at the dreary South Pole. With some help from family and friends, some trusty sunglasses for when it’s too bright and a flashlight for when it’s too dark, can he find his way home?
Victoria has created such a beautiful way of explaining bipolar disorder. Just as much thought has been put into the words and how they are laid out as the lovely illustrations.
The use of colours really helps to distinguish between the two poles and the soothing shades bring across the emotions.
It was hard to pick a favourite spread as I loved them all, but I really liked the two spreads which shows the difference between the two poles.
There are some good pages at the end which talk about bipolar and also have some activities for children to do alongside reading the book.
This is an exceptional picture book on mental health and explains bipolar disorder in a sensitive and child friendly way. Victoria’s illustrations and the layout of the words add another dimension, and the message of this book will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Publication date: 28 October 2019
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy. This review is my honest opinion.