Cub & Brown

Cub loves exploring the Great Outdoors – he is prepared for everything.

Well, he tries to be. There are plenty of things to learn and tips to follow.

However, Cub isn’t quite sure what he would do if he ever met a bear in the woods.

So when Cub meets Brown, he finds that the outdoors, and the indoors, are full of surprises.

A beautiful and heartwarming tale of friendship and adventure.


Featured in The Guardian’s “Best Australian Children’s Books of 2023”

Highly recommended:This heartwarming tale of adventure and friendship is irresistibly playful, steeped in humour, wit and a dash of whimsy – I was charmed from the very beginning. Cub and Brown is 12 chapters of sheer delight!

With delightful illustrations generously scattered throughout, this wonderfully humorous read aloud chapter book will entertain the whole family (and any classroom); highly recommended for independent readers aged 7+.” – Readings

Five stars: “Cub and Brown has to be the warmest and cosiest read this winter, an absolutely delightful junior fiction novel. It’s a heartwarming and nostalgic tale of a friendship between a boy and a bear, twelve chapters of delight and adventure. This is a gorgeous hardback  read aloud or independent read for beginning readers aged 7 plus. I love this one. Five stars.”– Paul Macdonald, The Children’s Bookshop.

“Treatyourself—read this beautiful book, buy it for your home library, borrow it from your school library or give it as a gift. Cub and Brown is to be treasured.” –  Children’s Book Council of Australia, Reading Time

“Highly Recommended” – Read Plus.

“A budding classic. The tale of Cub and Brown is sweet and heartwarming. Their adventures together show how we learn so much from our dear friends.” –Get Kids Booked

“Adorable with a timeless feel, in the vein of Winnie the Pooh.” – One More Page

“Australia’s best kids’ booksellers chose this book to be featured in their Winter Highlights Newsletter” – Featured in the Kids’ Reading Guide, Book People Kids

“From the talented Edwina Wyatt comes this adorable new junior fiction story. Set over an unforgettable summer holiday in the great outdoors, a young cub scout and a brown-bear cub navigate the beauty of first friendship. Each of the chapters follows the 12 values of Scout Law – loyalty, bravery, kindness, etc. – with an adventure that illustrates that point.

The adventures are playful, heartwarming and often hilarious. The gorgeous illustrations from Evie Barrow are sure to make this a classic early chapter book that every reader will cherish. A big tick from me.” – The Spinoff

“Super sweet! A really lovely story. Described as a beautiful and heartwarming tale of friendship and adventure and I feel like that’s exactly what it is.” – Allison Tait, Your Kid’s Next Read

“An exploration of friendship, imagination, and teamwork, and how a short-term relationship like Cub and Brown’s friendship can become one of the most important ones of all… This book had a sense of timelessness about it –  I loved this book.” – The Book Muse