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The Bravest Ever Bear Hardcover – October 6, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 350L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st U.S. ed edition (October 6, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763607835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763607838
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 9.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The creators of Mockingbird here serve up an appetizing series of "Once upon a time..." short takes that lead whimsically into one another. The title character offers a disparaging commentary on the initial entries ("What's going on?"; "This is ridiculous"), then decides he will take over the writing. The ursine hero puts himself in the spotlight as he rescues Red Riding Hood and her grandmother from the wolf, bests the troll under a bridge and ties up a dragon that is "eating everything--left, right, and center--and setting fire to things." As part of his reward, the victorious bear receives the princess's hand in marriage, though the pigtailed royal will have none of it ("Anyway, I'm not marrying a bear"). In turn, she pens her own tale, in which she shirks footmen, French maids and princes and moves "into an apartment with a couple of friends, started a career in television--and went shopping." In addition to the villains, a penguin and a sausage who aspires to be a chef play supporting roles in this kid-tickling, episodic narrative that mixes familiar and never-before-seen characters (a sausage that cooks?), plot twists and bustling watercolor and pencil art into a silly and satisfying stew. Ages 6-8.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

A bear fancies himself a storybook hero, but an unidentified author places him in unsatisfying situations such as "Once upon a time there was a bear. The End." Frustrated, the bear takes over, writing--and delightfully fracturing--fairy tales familiar and outrageous. A penguin, princess, sausage, and four-and-twenty black bears also get opportunities for starring roles, as do the villainous troll, wolf, and dragon. After more adventures, heroics, and tasty treats, the satisfied bear is happily carried off to bed. This whimsical, charming book is filled with hilarious nonsequiturs and inventive plot twists with much kid appeal. Characters interact and converse with themselves and the reader, often interrupting the action to comment on the direction of events. Brightly colored, detailed illustrations provide apt accompaniment, placing the disparate characters in lively, chaotic scenarios with witty results. Surprises and absurdity abound in this sure-to-please, lighthearted read. Shelle Rosenfeld
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The best thing about this book for me was the fact that I, as an adult, could enjoy it as much as the children. It is totally different to any other children's book I have read. I found it to be witty, charming, and imaginative.
The story sounds like something thought up by a parent and young child, with ideas from both, and some teasing from the parent. Altogether a great read, and something I would definitely reccommend to young readers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna M Thomas, Author of From Pebbles to Pathways on October 17, 2001
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We LOVED this book - What a wonder sense of humor this author has! It's great take off on some standard fables. Great for children between the ages of 4 & 7.
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By Nia VINE VOICE on October 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Don't let the title of the story fool you. This book is not only about a bear, but a princess, dragon, troll, wolf, penguin, sausage, pig, king, goldilocks, red riding hood and on and on. Each character decides they don't like the current story and write their own version instead. It's like getting 12 stories in one. This unconventional, but funny story will leave you a bit confused but thoroughly entertained.
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By Linor Yaari on January 7, 2014
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my 4 year old daughter picked up while browsing in the library. we took it out and proceeded to read it every day for a week. After a week, it was still lots of fun, and that's a great indiciation of a wonderful book. She now 'reads' the first few pages by herself, and I read the ones with lots of words. We take turns saying what the bear says, like in a play. it's lots of fun. good for encouraging early reading... and there's a princess and lots of funny bears in it.
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By CDF on January 15, 2013
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My son loves this book but it is out of print. His school library has a copy and he checks it out often. Found a used book seller who had an almost perfect copy - first edition too. We bought some other books for him by the same author, but this is his favorite.
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