Flora loves her Bear dearly, but her mum says it's time for him to go in the wash. Beautifully imagined scenes show Bear, in the wash, remembering how much fun they had getting grubby in the first place. When Bear is clean, he's just not the same, so Flora sets out to have some fun and get him back to his dirty but loveable self again. Then, at the end of a long day, it's Flora's turn to have a wash - and good old Bear still loves clean Flora just the same.
Thomas Docherty was born in New Zealand but has spent most of his life in England where he went to school and university. He studied metalwork and sculpture and now has a collection of acclaimed picture books. Thomas has been shortlisted for a variety of awards, including the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal in 2009 for Little Boat.