The Bear. Written and Illustrated by Raymond Briggs. London: MacRea Books, 1994. First edition. Large folio. Coloured pictorial boards in similar dust jacket. Signed by Briggs on title-page. 'There is a vast white bear in Tilly's house, which she tries her best to make comfortable. Even though her parents don't believe her, Tilly knows the bear is real.' Briggs magical illustrations turn a real bear into a real character to be loved and cherished by the millions of children who have already taken the great gallery of characters in 'The Snowman', 'Father Christmas' and 'Fungus the Bogeyman' to their hearts.