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The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas Hardcover – October, 1980


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Ideals Childrens Books; First Edition edition (October 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089542942X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895429421
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Is this what animation looked like in 1980? Post-classic Disney and pre-Pixar was a bad, bad time. Even Disney had a dry spell, between the successes of The Rescuers (1977) and The Little Mermaid (1989). Into this void stepped Rick Reinert Productions, illustrating this book based on the 1973 TV special.

The bear's name is cheezy (Ted E. Bear) and so are the illustrations. The story by John Barrett is less at fault, though it is both predictable and full of negativity. Ted's co-workers laugh at him, his boss effectively fires him, fellow travelers mock him. Was this an inspiration for Elf?

I like that Santa arranges (a la Miracle on 34th Street) for the bear to become a present for the same little girl who earlier peered into the window. Sadly, the toy soldier's pessimism--"I don't think she can afford us."--seems like much sour grapes. With a bit less negativity and with a lot less hokey art, this book might have been alright. Wait, there's already a better book about bears meeting Santa and learning good lessons at Christmas: The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear.

[NOTE: Somehow I have the "School & Library Edition" of The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas, which is marked with two different ISBNs: 0-516-09480-7 on the copyright page, and 0-516-29480-6 on the back cover. This appears to be the Childrens Press edition.]
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cherilyn Oliver on December 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I think that this is a cute book for kids of any age. I have loved it ever since i was young.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Barnett on March 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was my favorite Christmas cartoon growing up as a kid in the '80s. I was excited to see it as a book and had to buy it. Used book, but excellent condition!
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