The hero of Bears on the Stairs is a small child, who is of course the one who's dreamt up the bears.
I've been unsure whether to do a boy or girl, as Julia doesn't specify. My first thought was a little girl, as they are so cute to draw.
However, there is an interesting issue to bear in mind: whilst girls will read books with boys or girls as heroes, boys can be reluctant to read stories about girls. It's not a problem I've had to consider much before, because animals are usefully unisex!
In the end, to maximise appeal in these difficult times, I am going with a boy and I'm please that he is still coming out pretty cute.
My wonderful (sometimes!) hubby has just given me a great idea - why not try one of the bears as a koala or a panda? Off to try it out on the fat one in the t-shirt...