The Bear Who Wasn't There

The Bear Who Wasn't There

eBook - 2016
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This book is about Bear... so what happens when he doesn't show up on his page? Who will find him? Will it be Giraffe, who himself seems to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time, or Cow, or perhaps even the author herself? One thing's for sure—it probably won't be Duck. Duck doesn't seem concerned that Bear is missing. In fact, he seems to be trying to steal the show for himself! Duck would much prefer that the reader pick up his own book, The Duck Who Showed Up. He even disguises himself as Bear in an attempt to fool the reader. But after pages and pages of Duck's antics and search-party chaos, Bear appears somewhere utterly unexpected. In fact, it looks like someone may have tried to get rid of him on purpose....LeUyen Pham's The Bear Who Wasn't There takes readers a hilarious search for the missing title character.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9781250140067
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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LPL_MattL May 03, 2017

Engaging and filled with kid humor, "The Bear that wasn't There," is very much in the same vein as a Mo Willems' book. It breaks the fourth wall by having characters talking directly to the reader. The illustrations are engaging and the story itself is witty, focusing on a search for the bear, while the duck pleads with the reader to focus all of the attention on him!

FindingJane Mar 04, 2017

This picture book is a zany romp as the reader engages in an escalating search for the elusive titular ursine beast. Featuring an attention-hogging duck, an embarrassed giraffe, a pun-spouting hare, an outraged reptile, a plethora of other avians and one bewildered author and illustrator, this book is as amusing as it is original.

The game starts on the front cover where the aforementioned duck spoils the reader. This is one aggravated bird, determined for stardom like the Looney Toons Daffy Duck, and his commentary and antics are the linchpin of this crazy search.

It’s quite simply a lark, a fun story livened with goofy illustrations to go along with its wandering prose. Kids will adore it and parents may get a kick out of it, too.

ChristchurchLib Jan 08, 2017

Though there are big, muddy pawprints are all over the book jacket and pages, the bear referenced in this book's title is nowhere to be seen. There are, however, plenty of other animals around to offer bear-spotting advice: a group of birds that can form a "bear pyramid," a cryptic, note-writing "Anonymouse," and a self-important duck who suggests giving up on the bear and reading "The Duck Who Showed Up" instead. Similar to Mac Barnett's Count the Monkeys, this zany, energetic picture book offers enough sight gags and metafictional madness to provoke gales of giggles from young readers (and maybe some from adults, too).

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