If I Had a Polar Bear

Gabby Dawnay, Alex Barrow

A boldly illustrated bedtime story that imagines what it would be like to have a snuggly and super-strong polar bear for a pet.


If I Had a Polar Bear imagines what it would be like to have a polar bear as a pet. It might be an unconventional choice, but it would be sure to give the best bear hugs . . .

Polar bears are cuddly but they’re also very strong. As marine mammals, they can swim for days at a time—that’s serious perseverance! So, if Santa ever needed help delivering his presents, guess who he would call? Join our funny female protagonist as she wonders, “What would life be like . . . if I had a polar bear?”


Gabby Dawnay


Gabby Dawnay is a writer and poet. She contributes to OKIDO magazine and is a scriptwriter for children's television. She is the author of several children's books, including A Song for Bear, A House for Mouse, and If I Had a Dinosaur.

Alex Barrow

Illustrated By

Alex Barrow is a London-based illustrator. He is the art director for and a regular contributor to OKIDO magazine. Alex and Gabby are also the duo behind A House for Mouse and A Song for Bear.