"From the first page to the last, Cole Alpaugh had my attention. His zany and colorful characters and style of writing put me in mind of one of my favorite authors, John Irving. I suspect that I have found my next new favorite author."
--Michelle Hessling, Publisher, The Wayne Independent
"Pick up The Bear in a Muddy Tutu if you enjoy taking a literary journey that is twisted, peopled by characters who are social misfits, caught up in events that range from bizarrely tragic to merely sad. Reminded me in a way of A Confederacy of Dunces."
--Molly Rodgers, Library Director, Wayne County Public Library
"Reading The Bear in a Muddy Tutu is like running away with the circus. You won't regret the emotional ride or the fantastic people you meet, but you might regret not getting to stay longer."
--Regan Leigh, writer/blogger
"A deftly written story driven by raw and vivid characters and rich with evocative language and colorful descriptions. With every page another layer is peeled back as this fascinating, magical tale unfolds--sad or humorous, but always thoughtful. Alpaugh's writing does not rely on cheap tricks or predictable plot points, but slowly pulls you in and compels you to stick around for a while. Rest assured, in The Bear in a Muddy Tutu, you will constantly be surprised by what happens next."--Rhiannon Ellis, author of Bonded In Brazil
This is the worst book I have ever had the displeasure of reading. I feel dumber having read it. This author is in no way, shape, or form, comparable to John Irving. Read morePublished 23 months ago by peachy
I'm a sucker for a review that compares an author to John Irving and, let's face it, also for a bear in a tutu. Read morePublished on October 30, 2012 by Bill E.
The author takes an assortment of harebrained character stories, and then ties them all up with an unbelievable twist. The book leaves you thinking "Are you serious?"Published on September 17, 2012 by Buyer Now
I loved this book from the first page till the last I loved how everything tied in together. I really enjoyed being taken for a ride along with Billy Wayne Hooduck the overweight... Read morePublished on October 28, 2011 by pageantdad
Alpaugh's narrative talent really shows through this story through wry humor and rich characters, you'll weep when they fall and laugh when they win. Read morePublished on July 18, 2011 by Jen Estes (YA Author)
Cole Alpaugh's novel is a delight.
Here's the truth. Cole Alpaugh and I share the same agent. Read more