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Bad Bear Detectives: An Irving and Muktuk Story [NOOK Book]

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When a shipment of imported Italian muffins goes missing, Irving and Muktuk become the key suspects. Everyone knows their weakness for muffins and immediately think they are responsible!

Irving and Muktuk realize that in order to clear their smirched names, they have to find the culprit themselves. They disguise themselves, sniff out some clues, interview possible witnesses, and try to find the thief. As with...
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Bad Bear Detectives: An Irving and Muktuk Story

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Overview

When a shipment of imported Italian muffins goes missing, Irving and Muktuk become the key suspects. Everyone knows their weakness for muffins and immediately think they are responsible!

Irving and Muktuk realize that in order to clear their smirched names, they have to find the culprit themselves. They disguise themselves, sniff out some clues, interview possible witnesses, and try to find the thief. As with all good mysteries, the clues lead to a surprise ending.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Irving and Muktuk, the mischievous, muffin-loving polar bears of previous Pinkwater tales, are immediate suspects when "a large shipment of expensive Italian designer muffins" is stolen from the Bayonne docks. The bad bears have been in trouble before but are determined to prove their innocence in this case. Taking hats from the director's office and clad in trench coats, they sneak out of the zoo. At the dock, the wily pair question the night watchman, examine the evidence, and speculate on what they would have done if they had taken the muffins. Then they follow the smell of muffins. To their surprise, they end up in the polar bear area in the zoo where some rather soggy muffins await behind their waterfall. As they enjoy them, they begin to remember that they were the "bad bears" who took them after all. And they decide it was well worth it. Muted colors create suggestions of contexts that act as background for the bears. The illustrator mischievously uses a felt tip black marker and ink to present a sequence of comic facial expressions and anthropomorphic actions guaranteed to generate amusement. Adding the red and orange fedoras to the private eye get-up is a stroke of clever dramaturgy. The bears are irresistible fun.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Irving and Muktuk are accused of stealing a shipment of blueberry muffins that was stored in a waterfront warehouse. The two polar bears swear tearfully that they are innocent, but, as they set out to prove it, they seem more and more suspect. To look like detectives, they steal hats from the Zoo Director and go in search of clues. As they sniff their way closer to the truth, their memory gets jogged concerning the actual nature of events. Kids will love the cartoon drawings rendered in felt-tip marker and ink. The white bears outlined in black ink, one wearing a red hat, the other a yellow one, contrast delightfully with a midnight-blue sky and colorful city buildings as they stride through the streets. This charming mystery will have kids guessing. This story is great for independent mid-level readers and as a read-aloud.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Irving and Muktuk-"each a bad bear if there ever was one"-embark on their fourth crime spree. Yet this time, it may be a case of mistaken polar bear identity. Yes, there were bear footprints found on the docks where a shipment of expensive Italian designer muffins have disappeared (Irving and Muktuk are known miscreants in the missing-muffin department). But Irving and Muktuk claim innocence-when the police arrive, the bears vow to erase the "smirch" on their names-and set out to bring whoever snatched the mirtilli dell'Italia to justice, or spend a year without their nightly passes from the zoo. After some serious sniffing at the crime scene, they follow the scent-whoops!-right back to their cave at the zoo. Looks like they made off with the loot after all. Hey, memory-wise, polar bears aren't elephants, so give the boys a break. The Pinkwaters have their mother wit at full tilt, never talking down to their audience (mirtilli dell'Italia, for goodness sake), and are joyously troublemaking, dryly humorous to the point of combustion and playing out just enough rope for Irving and Mukluk to hang themselves. (Picture book. 4-8)
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"The Pinkwaters have their mother wit at full tilt, never talking down to their audience...dryly humorous to the point of combustion." Kirkus Reviews

"Kids will love the cartoon drawings rendered in felt-tip marker and ink...This story is great for independent mid-level readers and as a read-aloud." School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547528793
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/7/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet the Author

Daniel Pinkwater is crazy about writing, and has been trying to learn how to do it for fifty years. He has written about a hundred books, all but two or three of them good. People who own radios may know Daniel Pinkwater as a popular commentator and children’s book reviewer on National Public Radio. At one time, he lived in Los Angeles, went to a fancy private school with the children of movie stars, and ate in The Hat numerous times. He lives with his wife, the illustrator and novelist Jill Pinkwater, and several dogs and cats in a very old farmhouse in New York’s Hudson River Valley.
Daniel Pinkwater ives with his wife, the illustrator and novelist Jill Pinkwater, and several dogs and cats in a very old farmhouse in New York s Hudson River Valley.
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