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Specsavers Children's Book of the Year 2022

Our Big Day

Written by Bob Johnstong
illustrated by Michael Emberley
O'Brien Press, 2022 | HC ISBN: 9781788493147 | 32 pages

Uncle David and Simon are going to get married! There’s lots to do, from making the invitations to arranging the decorations, but when the wedding rings go missing just before the ceremony, Bear the dog has to use all of his special skills to help save the day!

A fun and engaging picture book and a heart-warming celebration of love, family, weddings and marriage equality.


★ “[An] unpanelled graphic story ... Pairing animated, thoughtful illustrations and simple text with a story focused on determination, this book is a perfect pick for new readers, both nervous and brave.” School Library Journal, Starred Review

★ “This title will be cherished by librarians, educators, and caregivers for its simple yet direct message but also by young readers, who will see themselves reflected in the main character. When it comes to excellent books, Emberley does it! Joyfully encouraging—just what uncertain little ones need as they make their first forays into independence.” Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“The all-dialogue text, with just a handful of words in total, is easy to read and will give new readers, too, the self-assurance finally enjoyed by our main character. Lively cartoony illustrations with plenty of white space provide humor and relatability.” The Horn Book

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