"Wise Bear William
is one of the most delightful books for young readers ever! Adults will enjoy it as well."
- Phylicia Rashad
"Heartfelt, winning and tender, Wise Bear William will become an instant classic for your child's home library to be savored and shared in the years to come. I loved it. Highly recommended! Paws up!"
- Constance Marks, Director of the award winning documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
"Wise Bear William
offers such a beautiful glimpse into the world of our children, while reminding us about the important things in life - friendship, loyalty, and loving one another. This is a book that children and their parents will enjoy together."
- Dina Spiegel, Psy.D, Child Psychologist
"...a lovely, magical story, laced with hidden themes of acceptance, beauty coming from within and age as something to be cherished."
- Clay Littlewood, author of DWB: Tales of Soho and Goodbye To Soho
"Arthur Wooten has created a vividly imaginative world of talking toys that transports us to another time and place with the luscious illustrations by Bud Santora."
- Gregory G. Allen, Playwright/Director of children's musicals
About the Author
is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Dizzy, Leftovers, Birthday Pie, On Picking Fruit and Fruit Cocktail. He's also penned the children's picture book Wise Bear William: A New Beginning and the collection of short stories, Arthur Wooten's Shorts. A playwright, his works include the award winning Birthday Pie, which had its world premiere at the Waterfront Playhouse, Key West, FL. His one act plays, Lily and The Lunch, have been produced in New York City and most recently in Te Anau, New Zealand. For two years he was the humorist for the London based magazine, reFRESH. Arthur grew up in Andover, MA and now resides in New York City.
most recently launched his debut novel, The Green Storm. He's also a versatile designer and illustrator. As a costume designer he has won an Emmy Award and two nominations and as a holiday designer he's worked for companies such as Sears, K-Mart, and Silvestri. He's created covers for numerous novels and has also illustrated the children's picture book, Wise Bear William: A New Beginning. Currently he does freelance design and resides in New York City.