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A Boy and a Bear in a Boat Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Shelton, Dave
ISBN: 0449810607     ISBN-13: 9780449810606
Publisher: Yearling Books
    OUR PRICE: $6.30  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: July 2013
Annotation: A boy and a bear go to sea, equipped with a suitcase, a comic book, and a ukulele, for a short trip but soon their boat encounters "unforeseeable anomalies," strange storms, a terrifying sea monster, and the rank remains of The Very Last Sandwich.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Boats and boating; Fiction.
Bears; Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2013030875
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.52 lbs) 293 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 151838
Reading Level: 5.0   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 4.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Born and raised in Leicester, DAVE SHELTON now lives in Cambridge. He likes comics, cricket, crosswords, and talking to cartoonists about pens. His comic stripGood Dog, Bad Dog appeared in The Guardian and in The DFC on the Fickling list in the U.K.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall)
A boy and a bear find themselves on a voyage on the high seas. At times they test each other's patience but become close friends as together they surmount various obstacles. While their destination is unclear, the mysterious quality of their adventure only adds to the richness of their burgeoning friendship. Illustrations range from small vignettes to full-page art.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 May #1)

The phrase "Keep Calm and Carry On" encapsulates the viewpoint and placid tone of this quietly comedic adventure in which an unnamed boy and bear traverse the open sea in a rowboat and form an unlikely friendship. For British author/illustrator Shelton, it's all about the journey: neither the intended destination nor the reason for the trip is specified. The boy simply climbs into the bear's boat, asks for a ride "Just over to the other side, please," and off they go. Days later, they're still at it, with nothing but sea and sky in sight. The essential tension comes from the relationship between the two as they face such challenges as storms, hunger, and a sea monster, and alternate between irritation with and affection for each other. Shelton's grayscale illustrations appear throughout, along with a few well-chosen color paintings, such as scenes from an inexplicable comic book the boy reads: "It seemed to be just one episode of a longer story.... There was no way of knowing what had gone on before or what would happen after." Readers won't miss the parallel. Ages 8–12. (June)

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