Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily

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One terrible winter, King Leander leads his troop of bears down the mountains of Sicily in search of food. Along their treacherous and sometimes heartbreaking journey, the bears encounter an army of wild boars, a wily professor who may or may not be a magician, ghosts, snarling Marmoset the Cat, and, worst of all, treachery within their own ranks.

If the bears' famous invasion of sicily sounds too distressing to read alone, that's because it is. Lemony Snicket's introduction to ...

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Overview

One terrible winter, King Leander leads his troop of bears down the mountains of Sicily in search of food. Along their treacherous and sometimes heartbreaking journey, the bears encounter an army of wild boars, a wily professor who may or may not be a magician, ghosts, snarling Marmoset the Cat, and, worst of all, treachery within their own ranks.

If the bears' famous invasion of sicily sounds too distressing to read alone, that's because it is. Lemony Snicket's introduction to this extraordinary tale is unlikely to make you feel any better, and a careful study of Snicket's Reader's Companion, cleverly hidden at the back, may actually make you feel worse. For that reason, among many others, it is recommended that you either abandon this book, abandon plans to read it, or abandon all hope.

In search of food, Leander, King of the Bears, leads his subjects from their safe caves in the mountains of Sicily to the valley where they triumph over many enemies.

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Dino Buzzati's tale The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily completes the fall releases for the Children's Collection. The story, which also contains sections of poetry, details Leander, King of the Bears, and his subjects' forgotten ursine incursion from the fabled mountains of Sicily, as they attempt to overthrow the evil duke of Cormorant Castle. Buzzati's drawings retain a fun, retro-European feel, while his occasional full-color illustrations emphasize the town's red rooftops and celebrated architecture. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
There is a good reason both Buzzati and Snicket's names appear on the spine of this unfortunate, whimsical tale. If not for the famed Snicket's introduction (all of one anticipatory paragraph) and his hilarious, lengthy "Reader's Companion," it seems possible this story by a deceased Italian author might never have found its way to successful publication in the U.S. Smartly packaged with Snicket's terrific send-up of classroom text guides, however, Buzzati's strange, engaging story may indeed become famous among English speakers this side of the Atlantic. The narrative, told in prose and poetry, accompanied by colored drawings, concerns events that befall a kingdom of bears who descend from their mountain home and conquer horrible obstacles before coming to live, for a time, among humans. The sensibility and tone of the tale, in translation, share the humorous fatalism of the Snicket books. Though the plot itself has a thin quality, its imaginative vision is more engaging than many more fully realized books for children. The race of bears calls to mind Philip Pullman's Svalbard bears in His Dark Materials; some elements of magic in the story are as captivating as the inventions of J.K. Rowling. The evil that befalls the bears, living among men, largely turns on what happens when they drink too much liquor and start gambling. So the book, while not exactly a traditional YA text, would nonetheless be most suitable for middle school-age readers. Snicket, in fact, invents a whole list of "refreshing nonalcoholic" cocktail recipes named after various characters. For each chapter of the book, his reader's companion lists "Questions you may find interesting" and a "Suggested Activity"that is likely to have kids laughing out loud. 2005, HarperTrophy, Ages 11 to 14.
—J. H. Diehl
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060726089
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2005
  • Edition description: 1st Harper Trophy Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Dino Buzzati (1906-1972) was an Italian editor, novelist, poet, playwright, and short story writer. He has been lauded as one of Europe’s foremost experimental writers of the twentieth century.

Dino Buzzati (1906-1972) was an Italian editor, novelist, poet, playwright, and short story writer. He has been lauded as one of Europe’s foremost experimental writers of the twentieth century.

Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his published research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Composer Is Dead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2005

    Sweet and Sad

    O, how I love this book! The tale of when men were rude and animals noble can be found in many places, but none other so touching as this. The sucsessful invasion by the starving bears, the discovery of the King's son, Tony, the gradual decline of the bears, Saltpetre's dread act of treachery and the last act of the bears weave together into a beautiful story, tainted and tinged with the inevitable sorrow. This, combined with the charming pictures, make for such a book as I have never before seen and am not likely to see again.

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