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The moon and back before bathtime? Whatever next! Join Baby Bear as he finds a rocket, makes friends with an owl and has a picnic on the moon! This enlarged edition is the second Bear family adventure following the bestselling 'Peace at Last'....

Title : Whatever Next!
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ISBN : 9780230015470
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 31 Pages
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Whatever Next! Reviews

  • Mehrin Ahmed
    2019-01-23 03:41

    This book tells the story of a bear who finds household objects and turns them into a helmet, space boots and a rocket so he can go to the moon. On the way he encounters an owl who joins him on his journey. They land on the moon and have a picnic but eventually get bored, and thus decide to go back home. When he arrives home his mother does not believe him. A brilliant story about creativity and imagination.After studying this book with a class of nursery children, I believe that it is great for introducing the topic of ‘space’ to the early years and introducing the correct terminology .It can also be a valuable resource for teaching positional language, (for example, the bear went up in the rocket) colour and object identification for nursery children. Overall a very engaging book which can be used to generate a lot of discussion, child-initiated activities and role plays. It provides a solid starting point for assessing communication, language and literacy (CLL), problem solving, reasoning and numeracy (PSRN), knowledge and understanding of the world (KUW) and other EYFS areas.

  • Hollie Westmore
    2019-01-13 05:54

    This book is what I always use during a space theme! This book lends its self so well when planning and implementing a creative curriculum. Baby Bear pretends to go to the moon for a tea party with owl in a make shift rock made from a cardboard box and a colander for a space helmet! I found children love to re- enact this story with large boxes, wellington boots and colanders! I highly recommend this book for children in the EYFS to support a space theme. I like how at the end of the story Baby Bear is really dirty and you wonder if baby bear did really go into space!! I like this story as it is a simple story about baby bear playing whilst his mother is busy in the house. This story is something all childrne and adults can identify with but has that edge to it that baby bears role play becomes so real that you do question whether or not baby bear goes into space!

  • Nadia
    2019-01-14 08:02

    This is a lovely story about Baby Bear who is determined to go to the moon. His mother tells him that he cannot go to the moon without a rocket so he searches his house and finds a rocket (a cardboard box), a space helmet (a sieve) and some space boots and then he is off on an adventure. When Baby Bear lands on the moon he has a picnic with an owl he met on the way there. I have fond memories of reading this book as a child. I think that this would be a great book to use in a drama lesson as it encourages imagination and creativity.

  • Claire Holloway
    2019-01-20 04:05

    This was one of my favourite books as a child and I have witnessed many children enjoy this book. I would definitely recommend it.

  • Bobbie Jo
    2019-01-19 09:58

    ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy is a children’s story about a bear who, whilst getting ready for bed, flies to the moon in his box rocket, his colander helmet and his friend the owl.This story would be suitable for whole class reading in reception, nursery and year 1, and suitable for independent reading in year 1, as it may be slightly too easy for some year 2 and slightly too long for reception children. In terms of subject areas, this story could be used to inspire imagination in story writing during Literacy, encourage loose parts play in the Early Years Foundation Stage, display speech and sequencing for Literacy. It could also be used to extend the idea of outer space for the Early Years Foundation Stage and year 1.This is one of my favourite children’s stories as it inspires imagination and has an interesting topic.

  • Papia Sultana
    2018-12-28 03:52

    The book ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy is a really good children’s picture book. In the story Baby Bear looks out of the window one night and notices the moon. He then decides he wants to go to the moon just before bath time. However, he is told by his mother that he needs a rocket. He finds a rocket, space helmet and space boots and sets off for his adventure to the moon. On his way he becomes friends with an owl. Baby Bear and owl enjoy a picnic on the moon before he sets back for Baby Bears bath. When he gets home he tells his mother all about his adventure but, she doesn’t seem to believe him. I really enjoyed reading this book because it was adventurous and fun to read. The appropriate age range for this book is Foundation and Key Stage 1. It has fantastic illustrations and is fun to read aloud in class.

  • Nazrul
    2019-01-22 09:58

    Following on from Jill Murphy’s ‘Peace at Last’, I read ‘Whatever Next’ to my Reception Children. This was a fantastic read and got their minds racing. They were asking about the Moon, what it looks like and if they can go there! So, I thought I’d take them to the moon. Using this as a stimulus for a role play, I set the hall as a moon (and even added in new characters to get more children involved). This was excellent fun and an excellent way to get children talking.It can be used in a number of ways in the Foundation Stage if framed accordingly. Would highly recommend this, especially if doing topic work on bears in EYFS, and is an excellent way of introducing space to children. We were working on Sun, Moon and Stars at the time, so this linked in very well.

  • Stacey Scanlon
    2019-01-11 06:00

    ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy is a story about Baby Bears imaginary adventure to the moon. He finds a box under the stairs and pretends it’s his rocket, and uses a colander as his space helmet. The story describes his adventure to the moon and who he meets along the way. The children in Reception loved the illustrations and acted out the scenes during free play. It is a brilliant story about creativity and imagination. We also used this book as a cross curricular link to numeracy when we were learning about 3D shapes. Each child made their own rocket using different 3D shapes they found at home. We made a very colourful display that the children loved.

  • Rumena Khatun
    2019-01-02 10:54

    This is a much loved children’s book. Baby bear wants to go to the moon so he makes a rocket out of a box. This book is beautifully illustrated with the popular Baby bear character from ‘Peace at last’. It taps into children’s imagination as they can too get a box and imagine that they are flying to the moon. When the mum says ‘whatever next’, it suggests that Baby bear did in fact visit the moon and it was not imagination.

  • Sharon
    2019-01-18 09:53

    Courageous Baby Bear had better things to do than take a bath. He found a rocket under the stairs, a space helmet and boots. He took off up the chimney and away to the moon. After a picnic on the moon, Baby Bear returned home just in time for his bath. This book is a lovely adventure story that I have used during circle with nursery children to promote imaginative talk. Teachers could use this books an introduction to a creative writing assignment for upper key key stage1.

  • Lorna Bellingham
    2018-12-24 02:55

    A great book for Early Years to read. It's about a baby bear who wants to go to the Moon so he builds himself a rocket from a cardboard box and flys up through the chimney. He meets an owl and they have a picnic on the Moon together. Baby bear finds it a bit boring so they fly home so he can have a bath. It has whole page pictures and no more than 3/4 lines of text on each page. It would fit in nicely with a topic on Teddy in space/Teddy goes to the Moon.

  • Sajeda Assenjee
    2019-01-05 09:54

    This classic Jill Murphy book was a favourite in the class. The story of little bear finding his rocket, space boots and space helmet and flying to the moon. The children enjoyed collecting these items and pretending to fly to the moon. The pictures bring this story to life and there are so many activities that can completed from reading this book.

  • Sue Lilley
    2018-12-25 03:41

    My little granddaughter (nearly two) adores this book. She’s learned so many words from pointing at things in the lovely pictures – moon, clock, owl…etc. She always chooses it from the pile and has started “reading” it to her doll. It’s doubly enjoyable that the book belonged to my daughter when she was tiny. She loved it so much that I kept it for over thirty years. It hasn’t dated at all. Can highly recommend all Jill Murphy’s books. We have the full set and have bought them numerous times as gifts.

  • Richard Newbold
    2018-12-25 06:37

    A magical tale for very young readers about a young bear who makes a rocket and a space suit out of a cardboard box and a colander and heads off to the Moon, accompanied by his teddy and a friendly owl he meets on the way. Sumptuous illustrations, full of detail to interest the observant child, and a fantastical scenario constructed with everyday objects of the sort likely to be to hand in the room where this bedtime story casts its magical effect.

  • Tom Garrett
    2019-01-05 04:40

    Witnessed this text be used during SBT 2 as a basis for a creative writing session based around a trip to the moon. It is a charming tale that fully engaged the cohort of Year 1s and 2s.

  • Hemangini Patel (MyPetridish)
    2019-01-16 05:41

    Found this book by luck in my training center. With training I also fed my mind some fun and love.. It is a beautiful book for children. Must read to your kids.

  • Katie
    2019-01-17 10:39

    Baby Bear wanted to go to the moon, but his mum said that he needed a rocket to go the moon, so determined Baby bear made himself a rocket with a cardboard box and a colander for a space helmet and took off up the chimney to the moon. After a picnic on the moon with an owl, Baby Bear returned home just in time for his bath. I am currently reading this story as part of Big Book to a group of high and middle ability Reception children and there is so much that can be done with it. For Literacy we have so far looked at identifying HFW (the story contains many HFW) as well as tricky words. We have also looked at the punctuation such as full stops, exclamation marks, questions marks and speech marks. The edition we are reading has different colours for the different speakers – making it easier for the children to join in with the different voices of the characters. We have sequenced the story and wrote our own speech for the characters during guided writing. We have also had our own picnic on the moon in the classroom where the children were allowed to bring in an item of food and a drink, we then talked about what the moon looked like, smelt like and even what it tasted of. For free time play the tables have been set up to link with Whatever Next! On the creative table is a large rocket (made out of a cardboard box and shoe boxes) which the children can decorate with different materials. On the literacy table is a sequencing activity where the children can make their own book of Whatever Next! And on the Numeracy table is rocket making out of 3D shapes (the children are currently learning 3D shapes in Numeracy). Although we are currently using the book mainly for its literacy points there can also be cross curricular to a space theme or a teddy bear theme. The class had previously read ‘We are going on a bear hunt’, and many children talked about how the bears were different.

  • Serina Kwan
    2018-12-30 07:06

    ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy is a lovely picture book for children in EYFS and KS1. It is a story about a baby bear’s journey to the moon. One night, baby bear decides to go to the moon. He finds his rocket (a big carton), space helmet (sieve), space boots (wellington boots) and together with some food then off he goes to the moon through the chimney. On his way, an owl joins him. Finally, they land on the moon and have a picnic. They get bored after the picnic and head back to home on the rocket. Meanwhile, mummy bear comes into baby bear’s room and finds him covers in dirt. She brings baby bear to the bath and he tells her about his journey to the moon. She does not believe him and says ‘ Whatever next!’.I have read this story to a class of reception children and they absolutely love it. This story is especially good for children in EYFS because there are so many things to do with the story. In terms of literacy, this story motivates children to write. Children who are more able in writing can write about a possible adventure of their own. For children who are less able, they can still attempt to write down the vocabularies for the equipment they would need or list of things they would bring for an adventure. It is also a great story to introduce the terminology or the concept of space, which can help children in their understanding of the world. Moreover, this story can stimulate lots of creative craftworks or expressive role-play. I have seen children eagerly making rockets out of the modelling boxes in the make and do area and I have seen children happily playing in big carton boxes pretending to be going to the space. This book provides a wonderful platform for student-directed learning and it is amazing to see how children are engaged in their learning while having fun at the same time. This book unlocks so many possibilities in the classroom and I cannot wait to use it with my class in the future.

  • Hester Enthoven
    2019-01-06 02:38

    Whatever Next!By Jill MurphyI really enjoyed reading Jill Murphy’s stories when I was younger. They are full of great descriptions and can really spark a child’s imagination. In Whatever Next! Baby Bear wants to the visit the moon but he’ll have to find a rocket first. He searches the house and finds a space helmet (colander), space boots (wellies) and rocket (cardboard box). He blasts off to space up the chimney; on his way to the moon he meets an owl who joins his adventure. They have a picnic together on the moon and then Baby Bear decides to return home. When he gets home Mrs Bear doesn’t believe him and exclaims “Whatever Next!”The book opens with an exciting question – “Can I go to the moon?” This is a strong way to begin a children’s story as it draws you in immediately.The story is exciting to read as Murphy uses a variety of linguistic techniques such as onomatopoeia words for example ‘WHOOSH’ and ‘BUMP’. These words are written in capital letters for extra emphasis and to make them fun to read. There is a good mix of punctuation marks throughout and italics are used to stress certain words giving a phrase more meaning. This book can therefore be used to teach children about different punctuation marks, by asking them to point certain ones out, count how many of each they find perhaps and discuss why they have been used. Throughout the book the images on the left hand side are in black and white and in colour in the right hand side. This contrast makes it visually interesting and varied when reading. The story can be a stimulus for projects in different subjects. For example Art, children can be asked to make or draw their own rocket, in Science, children can be taught about the moon and why its’ surface is “a bit boring”, and in History children can learn about the first man on the moon. I would suggest this book for children about 3-7 years.

  • Farhana
    2019-01-22 09:56

    Whatever Next!I saw this book in the library area of my reception class which then brought back memories of me personally reading this book during my own childhood-I really enjoyed the book thus choose to read it to the class during story time.Whatever Next beautifully written and illustrated by Jill Murphy, is a picture book based on a bear known as Baby bear who uses his imagination to travel to the moon and back before bath time. Baby bear uses house hold equipment he finds around the house to create a spaceship, space boots and a helmet (using a cardboard box, red boots and a sieve). During his journey to the moon and back he meets and befriends and owl who decides to join him on his journey. Once baby bear and the owl land on the moon they have a lovely little picnic whereby a few moments later they are both bored thus decide to return home. Once he arrives home, he tells mother bear of his adventure to the moon and back however she doesn’t believe him. This book is an exciting, descriptive, creative and imaginative; a good read for key stage 1 and 2 children. I believe it is also a good read for early year’s foundation stage children as I believe it will aid pupils in understanding that they can also have adventures while being at home and travel to the moon and create a spaceship via house hold objects or travel anywhere they’d like to using their imagination which in turn would be playing to learn.Furthermore you can use this book for a cross link of subjects such as Science (Space), Art (Drawing the moon/rocket), English (creative story writing) and History (discuss the first man on the moon) etc.

  • Charlotte Dutton
    2019-01-11 07:51

    Jill Murphy's Whatever Next is a brilliant book for the Early Years Foundation Stage (3-7 Years) and really enables children to explore their imaginative play. Baby Bear searches the house for a rocket, helmet and space boots (all of which are household items) and blasts off up the chimney into space with his teddy, an owl and a bag full of picnic food. Once returning home, after his trip to the moon, he jumps in the bath and excitedly tells stories of his adventure; but of course his mother does not believe him!As well as being an accessible and useful book for early readers, with its simple language, this book has a number of cross curricular links. It gives children the perfect opportunity to explore role play and expressive arts as well as areas of Science, Literacy and Maths. Children may engage in activities such as: building rockets, making star mobiles, painting pictures of what they see in space, discussing planets and stars, role playing their own version of the story, writing shopping lists for picnic food and writing letters to their parents from the moon. The book can also be used as a theme for maths lessons. Children could count the number of stars they see, counting down and up for rocket blast off, adding up how much all their picnic food will cost and sharing food between people (fractions).This book is a wonderful resource and would be a great cross-curricular focus book for the new 2014 Literacy Curriculum.

  • Lucy
    2019-01-23 04:37

    This book is about a Bear that finds a box under the stairs, he then uses his creativity to imagine that the box is a spaceship and so travels to space. He collects objects from around the house to assist him on his travels, a colander to interpret a space-helmet, this allows the childrens creativity to run wild. When teaching i showed he objects to the children and let them suggest what bear might use it for. The book is beautifully written adnd illustrated with warmth and humour. The illustrations enhanced meaningful magical facial expressions with the images on one page and the text to the left. This book was perfect for the early years setting stimulating many ideas to link to the curriculum and on-going activities. This is a great link to science and space and allows children to explore that through a book they have enjoyed reading. Throughout the book it refers to words that imitate natural sounds which was great to introduce onomtopoeia to my reception class. I also focused on expressions through illustrations and how this shows how bear is feeling.For the on-going activities in the EYFS setting the children had fun creating their own space ships, paining the moon using bubbles and print, making lunch with playdough to take to the moon and creating a list of items the children would like to take to the moon. Overall, a vey magical tale for young readers with fantastic illustrations.

  • Rebecca Needham
    2019-01-05 03:43

    This charming story is Jill Murphy’s second book about the Bear Family and is the follow up to “Peace At Last.” The richly coloured illustrations help to guide us along as we follow Baby Bear on a wondrous journey to the moon and back…all before bath time. Whatever next? Ideal for Early Years and Key Stage 1, children will be enthralled as Baby Bear pulls on his moon boots, (a bright, yellow pair of Wellingtons); hunts down a space helmet, (a green colander found drying on the draining board) and shoots up the chimney in a rickety rocket, (a tatty old box that he finds in the cupboard under the stairs), to enjoy a picnic on the moon with Owl and Teddy. Returning home just before bath time in a dishevelled, sooty state, Baby Bear will leave readers wondering if his adventure was imaginary or real!Activities:Literacy/Drama• write a list of essential things that are needed for a journey to the moon• write a story of an adventure on the moon/where would a rocket take you?• write a diary extract/postcard/letter describing the journey/moon• act out a trip to the moon with freeze frame stops to discuss what can be seen/how travellers feel etcTopic Work• Link to history – Apollo lunar landings• Science – moon and space• DT – design a spacesuit/rocket/picnic for Baby Bear• PE – walk around like an astronaut on the moon with big, slow movements.

  • Farzana
    2019-01-06 04:03

    I read this book to my reception class; it is about a bear that wishes to go to the moon, so he uses house objects to transfer in to space gears, for example wellington boots to space boots, cardboard box as his rocket. On the way to the moon he meets an owl that joins him to the moon where they have a picnic together. After his journey he went back home, down the chimney and then 'bump' as he falls down. His mum was cross as he is filthy so gives him a bath, and does not believe his journey to the moon.This is a great story; enables children to discover their own imagination and creativity. In my class we have used this story for children to develop their literacy skills; for example getting children to use time connections 'next, then, after, finally' to retell the story. Developing their communication and language, great way for us to observe and assess the children in their early goals. Role play area, we introduced resources such as cardboard boxes, household objects, so that they can use to re-enact the characters in the story. Overall, the book is cross curricular and can be used in many aspects. Very engaging which generates a lot of child-initiated activities and discussions. Early learning goals such as CLL, UTW, problem solving and many more can greatly be planned and assessed based around this story.

  • Stacey Seaborne
    2019-01-23 04:48

    One night before going to bed, Baby Bear looks up at the moon through his bedroom window and decides to go to the moon and back before bath time! Baby Bear tells Mrs Bear about his plan but then she reminds him he can’t go to the moon because he needs a rocket first. To find a rocket, Baby Bear looks in the cupboard under the stairs and find his rocket (a cardboard box!). Baby Bear also finds some space boots and a helmet (wellington boots and a colander). Baby Bear takes off in his rocket from the roof of his house and meets an owl on the way up to the moon who joins him. On the way up Owl and Baby Bear meet an aeroplane full of people. When Baby Bear and Owl reach the moon they stop for a picnic. Baby Bear and Owl then leave the moon as Baby Bear needs to get back for bath time. When Baby Bear gets back home, Mrs Bear does not believe the adventure he has had even though he is covered in dirt!This book is absolutely brilliant for early years. It is a great book which relates well to the topic of space. The book can be used for role play and children could also come up with their own list of what they would take to the moon. Another good idea would be to travel to the moon with the children and have a picnic there!

  • Rahime
    2019-01-05 06:03

    Whatever Next is a story about a little bear that goes on a journey to the moon.His mummy tells him it is time for bath ,but he puts his space boots(wellington boots), his space helmet(collinder),gets his toy and some food,jumps into his space rocket( a cardboard box) and sets to the moon.He makes friends with an owl on the way and they have a picnic on the moon together.I used that book to introduce fantasy stories to my Year 1 class in SBT3. The book is beautifully illustarted with a rich storyline that takes the children to a journey in space and picnic on the moon. I used the story to inspire the children and make them write about their own story about a journey to the moon. We started with prediction of the story by looking at the cover of the book on Monday and went on with writing stories about what they would take to the moon and who would they iinvite. By the end of the week they wrote their own fantasy story about a journey to the moon.The book is good for children from 3 to about 7 years old, because they can still relate to the main character.The children in Early Years play with cardboard boxes and use pots as helmets.They are at that age when they explore the thin boundary of what is real and what is fantasy and Whatever Next is a good source of discussion.

  • Nazia Rahman
    2019-01-10 03:01

    Baby bear goes on an adventure to the moon and back before bath time. He finds a rocket and flies to the moon. On the way there he meets an Owl and they accompany each other. Once at the moon Baby bear and owl enjoy a picnic together. Baby bear had to be back on time before bath time. Once he landed home Mrs Bear was shocked at the state he was in. When baby bear told her that he’d been to the moon, Mrs Bear thought it was another one of his stories.Appropriate age is for Early Years and KS1.This is a lovely story to help children start creative writing in KS1. It is also a great book for the EYFS to enjoy. The use of bright, bold pictures is a great visual aid but also a nice way to engage the younger children. The story is an enchanting one to help children think creatively. There are also elements to which can help children broaden their knowledge as it can be used as a cross curricular book. For example, Science (Space topic). Children can make their own rockets to go to the moon; during outdoor play pupils could use blocks, cardboard boxes, milk crates etc to build their rocket. Another activity could be that they can draw and cut out rockets.

  • Sharn Samra
    2019-01-20 08:40

    ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy is about an imaginative Bear who decides that he wants to visit the moon. Mother Bear tells Baby Bear that he needs a rocket to go to the Moon. The preparation for his journey starts underneath the stairs where he finds a rocket (cardboard box), a helmet (a colander in the kitchen) and a pair of space boots. He decides that he wants to go just before bath time. On his way to the moon, he meets an owl and has a picnic. He starts to feel quite lonely on the moon and eventually decides to go back home. When he tells his mother about his adventure, she does not believe him.I used this book in a Nursery class in a Communication & Language lesson and introduced vocabulary such as ‘helmet, flew, moon, aeroplane, roared and picnic’ etc. The children acted out the story using drama and discussed how they would feel if they were at the moon and what they would take in their picnic baskets. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 because I felt that this book not only engaged the children but it also allowed the children to use drama to explore different elements of the book.

  • Fatma Bodhee
    2019-01-22 03:44

    This book is about Teddy who climbs up the chimney and rockets up to the moon in in a make shift rocket made from a cardboard box and a colander for a space helmet! On his way he meets an owl who travels with him to the moon. When they land on the moon, they have a picnic. When Teddy returns home, his mum wonders why he is so dirty. He says that he has been to the moon but mum doesn't believe him and says 'Whatever next!'This is a great story to spark children's imagination. It can be used for role play and to engage young children to talk about what they would have in they would do if they went to the moon. It can be used in a cross-curricular way as follow:For science - Earth and beyondFor Communication and language - talk about what items children would take to the moonDT- children could make their own rockets Literacy- Year 1 children could write a list of items that they would take to the moon; write about an adventure to the moonHistory- First landing on the moon

  • Natalie
    2019-01-03 04:50

    I love this book - I don't know a child that doesn't! It is a story about baby bear going off on an adventure to the moon before his bath time. He makes a rocket out of a cardboard box, and finds a space helmet (colander), space boots (wellies), and takes his teddy and some food for a picnic up there. I read this book to a group of nursery children yesterday, using story props too and they absolutely loved it. They really enjoyed answering my questions about their own experiences of going to the moon as well and the different space rockets they had made. You can also bring phase 1 phonics in by asking the children to make the sounds such as 'whooosh' and 'bump' (aspect 6). A fantastically enjoyable story for children aged 3+.