The Grizzly Itch

Victoria Cassanell

Ages 3 to 6
05 March 2020
32 pages


A funny and lighthearted story about friendship, sharing, and a deep love of nature and the joy it can bring.

The first picture book from outstanding talent, Victoria Cassanell, The Grizzly Itch is a hilarious tale about how helping people often yields unexpected and wonderful surprises. Perfect for teaching children how to navigate first friendships and to encourage them to respect and enjoy the natural world.

When Bear wakes up from his winter sleep, he discovers an itch. And not just any itch – an unBEARable Grizzly Itch. But when he gets to his favourite scratching tree, it suddenly crashes to the ground. It turns out Beaver likes trees too . . . Thankfully, Beaver knows lots of other trees, and promises to help Bear find a new one. But Bear's itch is getting more grizzly by the minute, and none of the trees Beaver show him are quite right. Maybe it's not a tree Bear needs, after all?

This is an extremely impressive debut, an accomplished and very enjoyable piece of picture book storytelling. Bear and Beaver exude character – even from the back – and the pacing of the story, the variety of image and perspective makes each turn of the page a reward. This will more than stand up to repeated readings, and hopefully there will be more adventures to come for this odd couple.
Victoria has created a story with the perfect blend of humour and friendship that children will love. The illustrations are simply gorgeous and make you want to tag along on Bear and Beaver’s fun adventures
Enjoy all the fun of sharing and caring in a terrifically ticklesome story from exciting debut author and illustrator Victoria Cassanell… The Grizzly Itch – starring a bear and beaver who together embark on a journey of discovery – celebrates the warmth and creative rewards of friendship, compromise and the joy that can be found in a mutual love of nature.... This beautifully illustrated and imaginative story demonstrates how helping people can yield some unexpected and wonderful surprises, and is ideal for teaching little ones how to navigate first friendships, and to encourage them to respect and enjoy the natural world