THE BEAR WHO WASN'T THERE by LeUyen Pham
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THE BEAR WHO WASN'T THERE

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Age Range: 4 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Where is Bear? Here, there, anywhere?

A zany assortment of animals, among them a conceited author-duck suffering from major ursine jealousy and an animal who signs its name ANONYMOUSE, all offer commentary, directions, and advice on bear-spotting in colorful speech bubbles. Readers in this very interactive title are invited to open a door only to find an embarrassed giraffe seated on the toilet. A boar, not a bear, holding a pear shares a page with a “bare hare.” Bear’s paw prints march across the pages, and he is seen posing majestically in a silhouetted shadow. But look closely at one leg held aloft in a graceful arabesque. Yes, it is not Bear but Duck’s Amazing Bird Pyramid. Even the paint-speckled author/illustrator joins in the quest as she stares in astonishment at the crowded two-page spread of her very own creatures, including a broom-wielding crocodile who loves to sweep—but no Bear. Finally: “WE FOUND HIM!!!” Or did we? Pham’s colorful digital illustrations against white pages depict moose, mice, and many other entertaining critters. Readers are encouraged to explore, pore over details, and follow the comical clues. The wordplay is delightfully nonsensical.

Look—and laugh out loud. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-59643-970-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2016




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