Katie can't stop thinking about the bear under that stairs. She knows he's just waiting there to pounce on her, but what can she do to make him go away?
In the end, Katie is so worried that she decides to tell her parents all about it. Mum thinks that Katie should write to the bear, asking him to go away, and this is exactly what Katie does. When the bear writes back to announce that he has gone on holiday and then leaves a present out for her on his return, Katie starts to wonder whether the bear is so scary after all...
Joanna Harrison won the `Ten Best ` Amateur Film Competition, run by Movie Maker Magazine as a student. In the following 12 years, she worked as an animator, most notably originating the storyboard and background illustrations for the sensational television adaptation of Raymond Briggs' The Snowman. Joanna gave up animation to look after her children and has since turned her attention to children's books, but made a brief return to the world of television this year to help produce Briggs' The Bear, which will be broadcast on ITV this Christmas.
Joanna's third book for HarperCollins, The Three Wishes, will be published in November 1999.