“Somebody’s external appearance doesn’t change what’s inside.”
Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, 12-year-old Yanka has always felt out of place in her small village. When she wakes up to find that her legs have become bear legs, she sets off into the forest to discover who she is, on a journey that takes her from icy rivers to smouldering mountains, with an ever-growing group of misfits alongside her … Interwoven with traditional stories of bears, princesses and dragons.
Sophie Anderson has done it again. I read The House with Chicken Legs by Anderson earlier on in the year and absolutely loved it. When I found out that The Girl who Speaks Bear had been released I knew that I needed to get my hands on it.
The Girl who Speaks Bear did not disappoint, in fact I actually think this might be my favourite by a very narrow margin. I fully admit it to squealing each time The House with Chicken Legs was mentioned. Please note, this book is a stand alone so you do not necessarily need to read the previous book before however you may appreciate some of the references more if you do.
The illustrations in this book were absolutely stunning. I honestly loved them. I found myself wanting to turn the pages as quickly as possible just to see if I could find another illustration to lust over for several minutes. Honestly you should buy this book just for the illustrations alone.
I absolutely love the characters. Yanka is so wonderful and I just wanted more and more from her. I loved following her journey to discovering herself and it really feels my heart with such joy. Also, Mousetrap. He brings so much happiness and wit into the story. I need a pet like Mousetrap. Anybody want to introduce us? I feel like he would fit in so well at my house with Dobby and Tilly, if he doesn’t like my husband we’ll just make him leave. Honestly, Mousetrap is such a lovely character I honestly loved him so much!
The world building blew me away. I love Sophie Anderson’s writing style, she really does draw you in from start to finish. You will not want to put this book down once you start. In fact, I didn’t put it down and devoured it within a couple of hours. I absolutely loved the side stories within this book as well. They were so wonderful and mesmerising and for me it really did add to the existing story.
Can we please just address the fact that there is a plot twist in this and I didn’t see it coming. This is meant to be a middle-grade, how did I not see it coming. But I loved it, and it really finished up the story for me in a perfect way. I literally don’t think I can say a bad word about this book, I loved every single thing about it.
I’m hoping Sophie Anderson brings another book out soon as I can’t wait for my next adventure with her and the characters that she develops. Please pick up this book, it doesn’t matter how old you are I am sure you will love it!