The Bear Who Wasn't There

The Bear Who Wasn't There

Book - 2016
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A picture book inviting readers to join the search for a missing bear.
Publisher: New York, New York : Roaring Brook Press, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781596439702
Characteristics: 33 pages :,colour illustrations ;,29 cm.
Alternative Title: Bear who was not there


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VaughanPLKatherine Nov 20, 2019

This story is cute and unique. I do love a book that breaks the "fourth wall". You and the narrator work together to the find the bear. Throughout the book you meet various animals who also help you find the bear, and even the author gets involved.

The story involves different dialogue on the page (for example, we have the narrator, and usually 2+ speech bubbles from 2+ characters). That being said, it may be too confusing for a large story time, but it would be an interesting and funny read for a small group, where each child can take the time to scan the pages.

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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