Bad Bears Go Visiting (Irving and Muktuk Series)
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Bad Bears Go Visiting (Irving and Muktuk Series)

by Daniel Pinkwater, Jill Pinkwater
     
 

Irving and Muktuk are cheating each other at cards when their polar bear friend Larry drops by for a visit. The bears eat cake topped with little fishes that Larry has brought, play a spirited game of volleyball, and afterward chat pleasantly until Larry goes home. “Visits,” Irving and Muktuk decide, “are nice.”

The next evening, when all

Overview

Irving and Muktuk are cheating each other at cards when their polar bear friend Larry drops by for a visit. The bears eat cake topped with little fishes that Larry has brought, play a spirited game of volleyball, and afterward chat pleasantly until Larry goes home. “Visits,” Irving and Muktuk decide, “are nice.”

The next evening, when all is quiet at the zoo, the Bad Bears sneak out to pay a refined visit of their own. When they arrive at the home of the Beachball family, things—as usual for the baffled bruins—get out of hand.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"..a refreshing antidote to the pervasive sweetness of so much of children's literature." Horn Book

The Pinkwaters bring a cockamamie sense of humor, deadpan text and lovely pools of ribbon-candy color to the bears' shenanigans, and there is little danger, considering what doofuses Irving and Muktuk are, that they will inspire any bad-bear behavior in readers.
Kirkus Reviews

The Pinkwaters' droll humor continues to mark the adventures of these lovable, silly bears.
Booklist, ALA

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Irving and Muktuk, the Pinkwaters' delightful, mischievous bad bears, return in a new adventure, in which they learn about the custom of visiting and adapt it in their own inimitable way. Having enjoyed a visit from their friend Larry, and having sneaked out of their home in the zoo, they decide to go visiting on their own. They know they should bring a gift, so having acquired one in their own way, they choose at random the Beachballs' house to visit. The family is a bit surprised, but the bears remind them that they expect a snack, and then to "chat pleasantly" as Larry demonstrated. After that they will play volleyball. While fixing the snack, young Sylvia Beachball has also made a telephone call, so the game is interrupted by the arrival of the police. Unfazed by their handcuffed trip back to the zoo, Irving and Mukluk are satisfied with their nice visit. The straight-faced lunacy of previous "Bad Bear" adventures is repeated here, as the ursine white pair appear loosely outlined in ink while colored felt-tip markers create the necessary backdrops and supporting characters. The mischievous antics of the big bears are particularly comic in ordinary environments. The sly humor is emphasized in their sneaky poses and smirking expressions. Whatever will the bears be up to next?
Kirkus Reviews
Bayonne, N.J.'s very own miscreant polar bears are in danger of violating their parole-again. While amiably cheating one another at cards one evening, Irving and Muktuk are paid a visit by their pal Larry. The three polar bears raise their usual ruckus, but the zoo is a forgiving place when it comes to polar bears who wish to play indoor volleyball. The trouble starts when Irving and Muktuk decide to do some visiting of their own-an idea alien to them before Larry's sojourn, probably because it doesn't typically involve crimes and misdemeanors. In their case it does; leaving the zoo's precincts is strictly forbidden them. Oblivious to the fact that one usually knows the people one is visiting, they drop in on the Beachball residence for a little merriment. (For humans, they are cool customers when two polar bears come calling.) Fun is fun, but the Beachballs quietly call the cops. The Pinkwaters bring a cockamamie sense of humor, deadpan text and lovely pools of ribbon-candy color to the bears' shenanigans, and there is little danger, considering what doofuses Irving and Muktuk are, that they will inspire any bad-bear behavior in readers. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618431267
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/09/2007
Series:
Irving and Muktuk Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Daniel Pinkwater 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.

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