Category Archives: Being Brave

Chubby’s Tale, The true story of a Teddy Bear Who Beat Cancer, by Carola Schmidt

Mawson’s Guardian Mark is proud to talk today about a bear so brave that all of Mawson’s friends are very impressed.

On reading Chubby’s Tale this Guardian himself learned things about leukemia treatment he didn’t know. It’s a grand book for children who have this sickness (and their bears). It’s also very helpful for Grownups who want to know more about it because the explanations given to Chubby by Dr Doll are so clear and understandable. Grownups and children can talk about it together as they read.

Chubby has a good job sitting on a shelf in the La La Land Toy Store waiting for someone to take him home. But he doesn’t feel well.

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Chubby’s Tale helps children to learn about Leukemia

Urged by his shelf neighbour, Superhero, he sets off to find help. Guardian Angel in the Christmas Department knows what Chubby has to do: he must see a Doctor.  La La Land is a big store and Chubby has a long way to go. The yellow Beetle car takes him all the way. 

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Gustave, HB Bear, Scruffy and Mawson read about Chubby travelling to see the Doctor

Dr Doll gets right to work. Chubby learns about exams and blood tests and scientists and pharmacists and cancer cells. It’s not good news! On the other hand, Dr Doll knows the right kind of treatment. She explains all about it with useful diagrams.

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Explaining about bone marrow matching

We follow Chubby’s brave journey. The chemotherapy makes some of his hair fall out. Oh dear, who will take home from the shop a teddy with bald patches?  How does it all work out?  Well, that’s all in this book which I (and Mawson and his friends) recommend highly.

Chubby’s Tale  is illustrated by Frederico Schmidt. Carola Schmidt, the author, is a Pediatric Oncology Pharmacist and also author of several scientific books on pediatric oncology by Springer Nature. You can find Chubby on Twitter and on Facebook.

Where to find Chubby’s Book: Book Authority (where Chubby is ranked in Best Leukaemia books of all time),  Amazon, Book Depository, and

You have wandered into Mawson Bear’s web-den. Mawson is the Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .
Reading this book is like receiving a great big hug of reassurance and a huge hot chocolate with fluffy marshmallows.” Review by Lady Bracknell

Valiant Reader, You can help the writers (and writer-bears) of the world

Mawson Bear’s Guardian Mark speaks:

As you know our Mawson is a Writer-Bear. She Ran Away From Love  is his brand new book. It features a small heroine called Frilly who goes on a Quest. I’m sure lots of grown-ups and children (and their bears) will love Frilly, if only they knew about her.

Frilly front cover

THE POWER OF REVIEWS: Writers need YOUR help. When you are quiet sort of writer, or writer-bear, it is not easy to be heard out there in the wide world.

WHERE CAN YOU REVIEW: You can place your own review, even a brief remark, about a book on Amazon and Good Reads . These have the greatest reach. Reviews on Barnes and Noble (USA), Waterstones (UK), and Chapters Indigo (Canada), and Library Thing are also much appreciated.


Frilly sits shyly on her cushion while Mawson makes notes for her book

BUT HOW EXACTLY do you go about it you quite rightly ask?

At this link you can read how Mawson’s friend, Sir Scotland the Brave, smites his keyboard to help writers. If you are new to Valiantly Reviewing books, I have plonked down more tips  (SCROLL LOWER DOWN THIS PAGE).

Please let me know if you would be interested in doing a review for She Ran Away From Love . If you would like to help to tell the bright world about Frilly, may I send you a free PDF copy?  Don’t fear that the world ‘review’ means an essay is required. Short remarks are fine. Or just bash at the star ratings – see below.

Oh and, umm, if by a wonderful chance you have got your paws on Mawson’s first book, It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In, could you also possibly (perks up ears winsomely) leave a review for that one too, if you haven’t before? Thank you for considering this request.


TIPS if you are new to the world of on-line book reviews.

About your name: You don’t have to leave your name if you don’t want to. You can be anonymous. You can be ‘JohnWicks007’, or ‘ReadRidingHood1’ or ‘ILoveBears123’ for example, or anyone you want to be.

Here are links to She Ran Away From Love (more to be added as I find them):  Amazon, GoodReads, Bears Are Noble, sorry, Barnes and Noble, Chapters Indigo. Or, search your preferred book retailer for the title She Ran Away From Love and for ISBN 9781925652543.

You’ve found Frilly. What now? Scroll down past the book’s description and click on ‘Leave A Review’, or ‘Write Your Own Review’.

The Bother part: This takes you to a Customer page where you need to sign in. If you haven’t before used that book retailer you need to register for it. This is a bother, I know.

The Fun part: But then comes the fun: bashing away at the Star Ratings. If you are an excitable sort of person, or if you love the book, just keep on smiting. Smite Thrice!!! Smite Fourfold!!!! And, yea even unto Five times!!!!!   Disappointingly, the Retailers don’t let us smiteth more than five  times, even if you have got into the rhythm of the thing.

Writing more stuff : You will see a big field where you can say things. Here, if you wish, you can write a line about the book or more lines. Then click Submit.  Valiantly done! And what happens now?

The power of the reader, yes, that’s You: The Dreaded Algorithms that decide the fate of writers, and writer-bears, record that some one (You) has taken the trouble to review this book. Note of this is taken by the mysterious Algorithms on those websites.  The visibility and ranking of  Mawson’s book titles (and of any writer you kindly review) now gets bumped up a bit.

That is how important you are! On behalf of writers and writer-bears everywhere, I thank you.

Having tasted your awesome power, why stop there? You can copy what you have written and go to any other on-line retailer, to as many as you like, depending on how mighty waxeth your Smiting arm that day, and you can paste in the same review. It all adds up. And up. And UP. And it means lots of people will fall in love with our Frilly, just like you.

YOUR VALIANT COMPANIONS: And do you count other bold Readers among your boon companions? Share on this very post, so that they too may do these valiant deeds!  We writers (and one writer-bear) will never disavow your selfless mission!

You have wandered into Mawson Bear’s web-den.  Between naps among cushions, Mawson ponders about Baffling Things. He is the Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In and of She Ran Away From Love.

‘The book brings back such nostalagic memories that it made it comforting, like a  old security blanket.’  FNM Book reviews about Bright World.

Someone Brave Has Got To Do It: Lots of Brave Someones

Scotland the Brave: Mawson, Mawson.

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Mawson: Oh hello, Scotty. What a nice day. I was just writing down little ponders and things and ..

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Scotland the Brave: I’m not happy, Mawson. Not happy at all. Things aren’t Right.

Mawson: Err Things? Not umm .. Right? But umm ..

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Scotland the Brave: So I’m going out there. Right Now. I’m going to Change Things. I’m going to … I’m going to … I have no idea … But I’m going out there. Things are Wrong. Things have to go Right.

Mawson: But .. but .. Change Things? That sounds, well, big. And Scotty, there’s just you, a small brown bear in trews. With an old truck. I .. errr .. ummm .. I’m not sure ..

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Scottie: I’m going anyway. Someone brave has got to do it.

Mawson: Oh dear. He’s brave but whats the use.

Hmmm .. What if we ALL go Out There. Together. That could do it.

You have wandered into Mawson Bear’s web-den. Mawson is a Ponderer of Baffling Things (between naps) and the Writer-Bear of It’s A Bright World To Feel Lost In .

“The book brings back such nostalagic memories that it made it comforting, like a old security blanket.” FNM Book reviews.