From Publishers Weekly
According to the flap copy, this stylish picture book was born when Adinolfi, a first-time author and illustrator, serendipitously stumbled across a scholarly reference to a burial vault for a polar bear in an Egyptian tomb. Whimsically detailed, jewel-bright illustrations-at times reminiscent at times of Peter Sis-lead readers on the fantastical journey of a lonely polar bear named Nanook. A strong current sweeps the bear from his Arctic home to the Egyptian court of the lonely boy king Rahotep, who quickly elects Nanook the Royal Playmate. Adinolfi makes hay with the unlikely juxtaposition of this symbol of the frozen north in the arid North African landscape-we see Nanook nearly capsizing a sleek boat in the crocodile-filled Nile, hunting sphinx and griffin, lumbering through the palace and knocking over statues of gods, at play amid the pyramids, and so on. Intense colors and a lively sense of visual humor give this artwork an effective edge. Ages 4-8.
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2?Hieroglyphics from an ancient Egyptian tomb are said to mention a burial vault of a polar bear. This wildly imaginative fantasy speculates on how the creature might have come to live with a boy pharoah. Nanook the polar bear floats south from the Arctic on an iceberg through the Straits of Gibralter to the sandy shores of Egypt. Sailors take the huge white bear to King Rahotep's palace in Thebes where the 10-year-old uses good sense and instincts to tame him. Soon Nanook is eating goose from Rahotep's hand. The boy and his new friend sleep, bathe, and hunt together. When the polar bear becomes homesick, Rahotep takes him to the top of the great pyramid where the animal realizes that the same stars shine on Egypt as on the Arctic. Fanciful illustrations feature pastel drawings in hot sunset reds, purples, and oranges. Stylized figures from ancient Egypt are echoed in the drawings. While the writing is a bit clunky, this unusual boy-meets-bear adventure has its engaging moments and the art is great fun.?Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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