My mum bought me a book for birthday/Christmas one year on the recommendation of a teacher. I remember reading it and 'Freddie and the Enormouse' around the same time so think I could have been 8 ish.
I just remember the book being about a boy and a bear (think it was live rather than a teddy) and they were on an islands (I think). I remember the island feeling a little creepy/haunted and like it was covered in bare trees, possibly snow. They walked around hand in hand and I think they were. Bit scared.
That's ALL I recall but have been trying to identify this book for years. Any chances this is ringing a bell with anyone? I could easily have details incorrect!
I would have read it maybe 1989 or 1990, but it might not have been a new book at that time. Just looked up Touching Spirit Bear, it's not that either, although I think 14 year old me would have loved it!
It was one of db's favourite books, and I read them to ds last year and he liked them, so we donated a copy of each to the school library. But there were only 2 when db read them and now there are 4 or 5.
I love the mechanics (Mike, Ann and Nick) and the way Baby B says Philip "Flipip" I think.
Glad to be of help. They got mentioned a couple of times in the favourite children's book thread too.