Friday, December 2, 2016

Molly and the Bear Christmas Bundle

Just in time for the holidays! The Molly and the Bear Christmas Bundle includes one signed copy of the Molly and the Bear book, one signed copy of the Molly and the Bear comic book and one Bear pillow plush. On sale for only $30.00.

Head on over to the Molly and the Bear store to order.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Molly and the Bear Christmas Bundle

Just in time for the holidays! The Molly and the Bear Christmas Bundle includes the Molly and the Bear hardcover book, the Molly and the Bear comic book (both autographed) and a Bear pillow plush. On sale for only $30.00. Click on the link here to order.

Fur Sure

Monday, November 7, 2016

Molly and the Bear Book Review

Rita Lorraine Hubbard of the New York Journal of books wrote this very nice review for Molly and the Bear. Thanks so much, Rita!

Humans have long had a love affair with cuddly bears. Think Winnie the Pooh, Baloo from The Jungle Book, and everyone’s wise-cracking favorite, Yogi! Well, there’s a new bear in town who is set to become the latest favorite. His name is Bear (of course!), and he is huge, furry, and simply adorable.

Molly and the Bear, by Disney animation artist Bob Scott, is an oversized new picture book that’s full of giggle-worthy strips about cuddly, adorable Bear, who meets his BFF Molly after he smells food coming from her kitchen window. He climbs through the window, crashes on Molly’s sofa, and ends up staying forever. Poor Bear is afraid of everything: He’s afraid of the dark, he’s afraid of the light, and he’s even afraid of dusk, which gives him a “congested feeling.”
Yes, Bear has some real problems. He’s afraid of the sound that breathing makes and asks Molly to hold her breath while she sleeps. He’s terrified of babies that say, “Goo!” He’s afraid of flash bulbs, dogs barking, and, oddly, being mugged while he sits in a La-Z-Boy recliner. He’s afraid to jump in water, he’s afraid to get water in his eyes, and he’s afraid to . . . well, you get the idea. And in addition to all those fears, Bear also happens to suffer from allergies. That’s right, he’s allergic—to his own fur!

Molly and the Bear is 249 oversized pages of good-natured fun. The text and illustrations are brimming with laugh-out-loud humor, like when Bear decides to hibernate on Molly’s sofa and a bunch of his bear friends drop by to hibernate, too; and when Bear tries to hit a baseball (literally HIT it . . . with a bat); and when Bear is confused to see Molly wearing a dress and tells her, “I thought that only old Scottish men wore those.”

Bob Scott’s prose is sweet and funny and spot on. In fact, it’s easy to see that he has given his all to this collection of comic strips, that by completing this unforgettable volume of “Bear-ism’s,” he has shared his dreamed with his readers and left them smiling, fired up, and ready for more humor. And that’s one thing we surely can’t get enough of: smiling, soothing humor.

Thanks, Bob!
Rita Lorraine Hubbard is a full-time children’s book writer, offering tips to aspiring writers at “Rita Writes History,” a blog that has attracted over 700,000 visitors. She founded and manages Picture Book Depot, a children’s book review website that enjoys a global audience and offers free books to children. She received SCBWI’s 2014 Letter of Merit for a Multicultural Work in Progress, and is Lee & Low Publishers' 2012 New Voices Award Winner. Her new picture book will be published in 2015.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Molly and the Bear Store

The new Molly and the Bear Store is open! Signed copies of the Molly and the Bear book and comic book are now available.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Molly and the Bear Book Review

A brand new review from Fab Book Reviews written by michellefabbookreviews. Thanks, Michelle!

Comic Strip Review: Molly and the Bear by Bob Scott

mollyandthebear27040044Review: Molly and the Bear by Bob Scott
Source: Hardcopy courtesy of the author and publisher. Thank you!
Publication: March 8, 2016 by Cameron + Company
Book Description:
It can be tough on a family when someone new has moved in, especially if it’s a 900-pound scaredy-bear so terrified of wilderness life that he’s fled to the burbs. Fortunately Bear was found by Molly, a fearlessly optimistic 11-year-old can-doer who has taken him firmly in hand, devoted to seeing her hirsute BFF cope with modern life. Molly’s Mom is happy with the new sibling — Bear’s an excellent conversationalist and loves her homemade cookies. But Dad is having a harder time, his role as center of the universe now shared with an ursine behemoth who, unfortunately, adores him.
One thing that kept running through my mind as I read Bob Scott’s Molly and the Bear was, I wish I had known about this comic strip earlier. Having grown up reading (and re-reading) Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, FoxTrot, Herman, Hagar the Horrible (and many more favourites!), comic strips have been a major part of my life since I was a kid. Molly and the Bear would have easily slotted into that mix back then- as it also fits into my reading today. Artist, animator, illustrator Bob Scott, who has worked on projects including Pixar’s The Incredibles, brings a wonderful level of madcap charm and endearing nostalgia with his web comic Molly and the Bear.
Fleeing from the fearsome dangers of the wilderness, Bear- similarly to Goldilocks- sneaks into a house. There he finds a best friend in Molly, an eleven-year-old girl who is thoughtful and brave, and most of all, loves him through and through. The contrast between Bear, a high-strung nine-hundred pound creature, with that of a petite, enthusiastic young girl is ripe for comedy from the get-go, but Scott makes it even richer and sweeter (and funnier) as he draws out and grows their genuine friendship and affection for each other. Bear, though arguably happier in civilization than the wild, comes up against constant obstacles in his new residence. Namely, an obstacle known as Molly’s father. Reminding me a little of a Hanna-Barbera character in nature and appearance, Molly’s father is a bit of a curmudgeon- an ornery and proud man of the house (…like Fred Flinstone…) who is often at odds with Molly and his wife about the fact that he would much prefer Bear to go back to the wilderness. Bear and Dad’s relationship is one feature of the strip that makes for great comedy: while Molly’s dad typically blows a gasket at Bear’s minor accidents and major mistakes, it is a lot of fun to see their ups and downs and how Dad’s fondness of Bear grows begrudgingly.
I find Molly and the Bear to be at its funniest, most surprising and most genuine when it does not insert more contemporary pop culture and/or modern references the mix. To be fair, this doesn’t occur too often- but as an example, there are moments in the strip when characters send text messages, or when Slash from Guns ‘N Roses and Angelina Jolie are mentioned. For various reasons, Molly and the Bear has the fantastically evocative and joyful feel of a more classic, if not retro comic strip that doesn’t need to focus on trend, which is why some of the more current references feel slightly discordant. I feel that Scott’s writing and thus the gags work at their strongest and sharpest when the focus is on the main characters and their interplay rather than when its trying to place itself in contemporary time.
In all, I had a whale of a time reading through the collection of Molly and the Bear strips. While easily found online as a web comic, I would like to note that the hardcover edition is quite beautiful: the larger page layouts are conducive to easy reading, and it includes an introduction, a welcome to the main characters- in full colour-, as well as a special ‘Behind the Ink’ section. Comic strip book aficionados might particularly appreciate those features! Any readers who have read and/or enjoy comic strips such as Mother Goose & Grimm, Dennis the Menace, Red and Rover, or any of the comics mentioned above, might especially take to the classic comedy and heart in Molly and the Bear.
I received a copy of this title courtesy of Bob Scott and Cameron + Company in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and comments are my own. 

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Molly and the Bear Book Giveaway!

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Molly and the Bear Book Review by Beth Holian

Beth Holian has written a very nice review for Molly and the Bear for Tween Book Blog. Check out the review below and be sure to visit her site for other great reviews and recommendations. Thanks, Beth!

cameron-company-molly-and-the-bear-soft-cover-1Molly and the Bear by Bob Scott
Cameron & Company, 2016. 978-1937359850
Synopsis: When pan phobic Bear moves in with Molly and her family, life becomes anything but ordinary. But with a lot of patience and understanding, Molly gradually begins to help Bear outside of his shell…even if there is some crying and whining along the way.
Why I picked it up: I am a huge fan of quirky animal stories, strong female protagonists, and family comics.
Why I finished it: It takes a special sort of person to handle a 900-pound pan phobic grizzly, and Molly happens to have the right personality. Despite the fact that some of Bear’s trivial idiosyncrasies leave Molly scratching her head, she is (to a point) happy to oblige to his requests. It’s not that she’s being dismissive; she merely wants to find a way to relieve some of Bear’s anxieties: his fear of cats, his worry that the air isn’t safe to breathe when they land after a plane flight, the stress of whether or not Molly is going to leave the house when she puts her socks on (sometimes she just has cold feet), and how to get her father to warm up to him. Originally published as a webcomic, Bob Scott has collected the most comprehensive collection of his strips to give the reader a little bit of a taste as to what Molly and the Bear is about. As previously stated, it’s easy to  get drawn in to the comic not only because of the characters, but because Scott’s art pays such a loving homage to the Golden Age comics of which we are so fond. There is a playfulness to the art and the writing that shows the reader just how much fun Scott has writing and drawing the strips. I thought it was particularly clever that he’s thrown in a few artist gags into the mix – they might go over some reader’s heads because they seem somewhat out of context, but I think it’s a way for Scott to poke a little bit of fun at himself. It’s a funny, heartwarming comic about just being yourself and the joys of friendship. For more of Molly and Bear, check out the comic here.
Other related materials: Garfield comics by Jim Davis; Snoopy: Contact! (A Peanuts Collection) by Charles M. Schulz; Woodstock: Master of Disguise: A Peanuts Collection by Charles M. Schulz; Charlie Brown and Friends: A Peanuts Collection by Charles M. Schulz; Beginning Pearls: A Pearls Before Swine Collection by Stephan T. Pastis; The Croc Ate My Homework: A Pearls Before Swine Collection by Stephan T. Pastis; Skip School, Fly to Space: A Pearls Before Swine Collection by Stephan T. Pastis; When Crocs Fly: A Pearls Before Swine Collection by Stephan T. Pastis; The Mutts Diaries by Patrick McDonnell; The Mutts Winter Diaries by Patrick McDonnell; AAAA!: A FoxTrot Kids Edition by Bill Amend; Big Nate books by Lincoln Peirce; Oh, Brother! Brat Attack! by Bob Weber, Jr. and Jay Stephens