Brown Bear’s Big Day Out – a bear visits a funfair

My story about a bear who dons a disguise to escape is available from Amazon globally as a printed book with illustrations that can be coloured in and as an ebook, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brown-Bears-Big-Day-Adventures/dp/1980868859/, https://www.amazon.com/Brown-Bears-Big-Day-Out-ebook/dp/B086DSF5N7/.

This is the synopsis of the story:

Basil the brown bear has a dream; he wants to go Dizzyland, an amusement park that he has read about in the newspaper. Getting there will be difficult as getting out of the zoo will not be the easiest of things to do. What he needs is a disguise so that people do not recognise him as a bear but as a person.

An idea springs to mind one day when a hat is blown into his cage. All he needs are some other items and what comes along next is just what he needs. It is the facemask of a famous person. The only problem is that he has to cut the nose of the mask off; otherwise it will not fit over his big nose. All set, one day he borrows his keeper’s coat and makes his way out into the world beyond the zoo.

It is a strange place, made even more so by the fact that most of the people do not seem to understand his English which he has practised speaking for many years. And the fact that people keep recognising him as someone famous, but keep thinking that the nose is wrong. Some of them find his paws hairy but this does not stop him from searching for the magical Dizzyland.

Basil dancing in the rain

A pdf of the story and blank greeting cards of the artwork are available from www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.

Brown Bear’s Big Day Out – the book

My story about a bear who dons a disguise to escape is available from Amazon globally as a printed book with illustrations that can be coloured in and as an ebook, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brown-Bears-Big-Day-Adventures/dp/1980868859/, https://www.amazon.com/Brown-Bears-Big-Day-Out-ebook/dp/B086DSF5N7/.

This is the synopsis of the story:

Basil the brown bear has a dream; he wants to go Dizzyland, an amusement park that he has read about in the newspaper. Getting there will be difficult as getting out of the zoo will not be the easiest of things to do. What he needs is a disguise so that people do not recognise him as a bear but as a person.

An idea springs to mind one day when a hat is blown into his cage. All he needs are some other items and what comes along next is just what he needs. It is the facemask of a famous person. The only problem is that he has to cut the nose of the mask off; otherwise it will not fit over his big nose. All set, one day he borrows his keeper’s coat and makes his way out into the world beyond the zoo.

It is a strange place, made even more so by the fact that most of the people do not seem to understand his English which he has practised speaking for many years. And the fact that people keep recognising him as someone famous, but keep thinking that the nose is wrong. Some of them find his paws hairy but this does not stop him from searching for the magical Dizzyland.

Basil dancing in the rain

Basil wearing some of his disguise

Extract from my book, Brown Bear’s Big Day Out

The idea behind Brown Bear’s Big Day Out is that a bear that lives in a zoo wants to go to the funfair and to do this he has to escape and therefore has to disguise himself as a person to do so. In the story he becomes a hero until his mask falls off and then everyone is afraid of him. I try in the story to show that we have to look at people more in depth and that what they look like is secondary to what the real person is behind the mask of first impressions. We have become a society obsessed with looks and yet real characteristics are anything but represented by this. In a world where we appear to be increasingly afraid of those we don’t know, we, especially younger people need to be able to socialise and be communicative with each other.

The story is available from Amazon

So here’s the extract.

Basil the brown bear had been planning his escape from the zoo for some time. He believed that he was like the people on the other side of the bars of his enclosure that had come to see him. He could not see why he could not join them and be like them. Basil had worked out, by watching the visitors that had come to the zoo, what was needed to disguise himself so that he looked like one of them.


First the hat arrived. On a windy day in early September, when there had not been many visitors to the zoo, a man had lost his hat. It came to rest just outside the bars of Basil’s enclosure. He had used a long stick to pick it up, pulling it through the bars. The hat had been squashed and he had spent time pushing it back into shape and then hiding it in his enclosure, so that his keepers would not find it.


Another windy day had brought him a plastic mask of somebody famous. He had no idea who it was of, since bears were never allowed to look at newspapers or to watch TV. Basil thought that the apes and monkeys were very lucky. As they were so close to human beings they were allowed many freedoms, one of which was to watch TV. Of course, Basil had needed to modify the mask before hiding it, because it did not fit his nose very well. This involved cutting a large hole so that the mask fitted his face. At least people who saw him wearing the mask might say:


“Isn’t that…?”
“Well it might be, no the nose is all wrong.”

Basil wears some of his disguise.

Basil visits Fete de la Tulipe in Morges

Basil is the bear in my my story, Brown Bear’s Big Day Out, where he dons a disguise so he can escape and visit a funfair called Dizzyland. The story is about his adventure but how we look at or don’t look at people to see what they are really like. The book has plenty of illustrations for younger readers to colour in, one of which is below. The book is available from Amazon and the link is, Brown Bear’s Big Day Out

There is a an eBook and it should be back online and available in a day or two. On our website, Junagarh Media, you can buy blank cards of the artwork, see all of Basil’s photographs and even buy Basil.

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Basil in the funfair

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Basil needs some more honey

Basil, the bear character from Brown Bear’s Big Day Out is looking for some more honey as he is running out. He’s thinking of asking his friend Bea from the story Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow if the bees have some spare that he can have. Both stories are available from Amazon and the links are given below. Brown Bear’s Big Day Out is for 4 – 8 year old readers and Busy Bee is for 8 – 12 year old readers. Both have illustrations that can be coloured in by younger readers if they so wish.

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Brown Bear’s Big Day Out

Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow

Where’s Basil? – Chiswick Bridge

Basil is taking a break after walking along the River Thames. Near Chiswick Bridge he found a bench where he could slow down for a while. The book of Basil’s adventures is available from Amazon. It is a colouring book which means that younger readers can have the story read to them and colour in the illustrations that are within the text and repeated at the end of the story. Older readers might just want to read the story. The story is about a bear who dons a disguise because he wants to escape from a zoo and visit a funfair called Dizzyland.

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Amazon – Brown Bear’s Big Day Out

There is also a toy bear available as well as blank cards of the artwork and a pdf of the story from:

Junagarh Media

Where’s Basil? – Trying out his skateboard

Basil the character from Brown Bear’s Big Day Out is seen here is trying out his skateboard. The book is available on Amazon. It is a colouring book which means that younger readers can have the story read to them and colour in the illustrations that are within the text and repeated at the end of the story. Older readers might just want to read the story. The story is about a bear who dons a disguise because he wants to escape from a zoo and visit a funfair called Dizzyland.

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Amazon – Brown Bear’s Big Day Out

There is also a toy bear available as well as blank cards of the artwork and a pdf of the story from:

Junagarh Media

Where’s Basil? – Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Basil the character from Brown Bear’s Big Day Out is seen here visiting the very interesting Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. It’s a great place for bears and children and for anyone who likes trains and the history of trains. The book is available on Amazon. It is a colouring book which means that younger readers can have the story read to them and colour in the illustrations that are within the text and repeated at the end of the story. Older readers might just want to read the story. The story is about a bear who dons a disguise because he wants to escape from a zoo and visit a funfair called Dizzyland.

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Amazon – Brown Bear’s Big Day Out

There is also a toy bear available as well as blank cards of the artwork and a pdf of the story from:

Junagarh Media

Where’s Basil? – Versailles, France

Basil the character from Brown Bear’s Big Day Out is seen here on a beautiful spring day at the wonderful palace of Versailles in France. He does like to get out and about. The book is available on Amazon. It is a colouring book which means that younger readers can have the story read to them and colour in the illustrations that are within the text and repeated at the end of the story. Older readers might just want to read the story. The story is about a bear who dons a disguise because he wants to escape from a zoo and visit a funfair.

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Amazon – Brown Bear’s Big Day Out

There is also a toy bear available as well as blank cards of the artwork and a pdf of the story from:

Junagarh Media

Where’s Basil? The Grand Union Canal

Basil the character from Brown Bear’s Big Day Out is seen here relaxing next to the Grand Union Canal. He does like to get out and about. The book is available on Amazon. It is a colouring book which means that younger readers can have the story read to them and colour in the illustrations that are within the text and repeated at the end of the story. Older readers might just want to read the story. The story is about a bear who dons a disguise because he wants to escape from a zoo and visit a funfair.

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Amazon – Brown Bear’s Big Day Out

There is also a toy bear available as well as blank cards of the artwork and a pdf of the story from:

Junagarh Media