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Bad Bears Go Visiting

Bad Bears Go Visiting

Spring 2007 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Daniel Pinkwater
Illustrator: Jill Pinkwater
ISBN: 978-0-618-43126-7
Hardcover Price: $16.00
In this fourth installment of the Pinkwaters' collaborative series, those two bad bears, Irving and Muktuk, learn about “visiting” from their friend, Larry. “A visit is when you go to someone's house and have a nice time.” Deciding to put this lesson into action, they sneak out of the zoo the very next night (“Though polar bears are very large, they are among the best sneakers in the animal kingdom.”) and pay a randomly chosen visit to Steve and Loretta Beachball and their daughter, Sylvia. Is it any wonder that havoc ensues (“The Beachballs' living room is small for a volleyball game with polar bears.”) and the police are called? The Pinkwaters' signature style—dead-pan humor and zany cartoon illustrations—continues unabated...and readers of all ages will be delighted by this return engagement. To paraphrase Larry, a visit is when you read a very silly book and laugh out loud.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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