I Lost My Bear

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Overview

It's not under the bed, or on the chair, or beneath the couch, or behind the curtains. It's GONE!

What do you do when your favorite toy disappears, and you can't find it where you left it? What if your family is NO help at all? A determined little detective heads up the search, and discovers more than she ever expected!

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Overview

It's not under the bed, or on the chair, or beneath the couch, or behind the curtains. It's GONE!

What do you do when your favorite toy disappears, and you can't find it where you left it? What if your family is NO help at all? A determined little detective heads up the search, and discovers more than she ever expected!

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When she cannot find her favorite stuffed toy, a young girl asks her mother, father, and older sister for help.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The ups and downs of a little girl's tantrum as she searches for her missing stuffed animal are explored with psychological insight and wit by the master of years of adult tantrums. With his spare lines (visual and verbal), Feiffer manages to transfer all the angst of his older characters to his young heroine. You don't get warm and fuzzy parents in Feiffer's New Yorker sort of world, but you do get to see the formation of an urban child.
School Library Journal
(PreS-Gr 2) A picture book with lots of child appeal. When a young girl loses her best toy, she plays detective to find it. After consulting other family members to no avail, she follows her sister's suggestion to throw another stuffed animal on the chance that it will land in the same place. The ploy uncovers lots of other lost items but no bear. The mystery is solved when the child goes to bed and her mother lifts up the covers. Hand-lettered text, dialogue balloons, and the breezy line of Feiffer's recognizable style of illustration form the perfect vehicle for this familiar story. The first-person voice realistically conveys the narrator's emotions and dilemma in a way to which children will relate. Effective use of comic-strip panels and frames along with double-page spreads heighten the tension and build to the satisfying conclusion. Both girl and story are winners.Julie Cummins, New York Public Library.
Horn
With great comic insight, Feiffer captures the high drama that ensues when a child misplaces a beloved possession. Mom is too busy to help find the lost bear, and conscientious Dad says, "I want you to find it for yourself, and that will be a lesson to you to remember where you put things," so our small heroine turns to big sister, who helpfully responds, "I have never never never played with your stupid bear, and I want you to stop playing with my nail polish!" Feiffer's loose-lined cartoon style effectively blends text and illustration for optimum comic timing; the varying perspectives and size and placement of the frames extends the narrative drama as well as the characters' emotions. Feiffer has a knowing parental eye for his protagonist's antics, as in the four-block spread reading, "Nobody will help me find my bear. / So I cried. / And nobody stopped me. / So I stopped myself." He also offers genuine sympathy: the next spread shows the forlorn little girl drawn with no color against a large brown background, lamenting, "But I know it's gone / forever." As sisters will, big sister comes around to offer advice after all, suggesting that they throw another toy in hopes that it will land in the same place as the lost bear. This method uncovers a variety of other missing items, with which the girl plays happily until bedtime-when she shamefully realizes she's forgotten all about her bear. As she begins to howl anew, indicting her mother for refusing to help, Bearsy appears-of course-tucked safely under the bedcovers. Young children will relate to the desperate search for a favorite toy while parents (and older siblings) will smile and nod in recognition at this very funny and affectionate family satire, raised almost to the scale of full-blown grand opera.
Kirkus Reviews
Following her mother's advice to "think like a detective," a desperate child searches her gloriously cluttered room and everywhere else for her lost bear. Naturally, it turns up at bedtime waiting under the sheets. Like Feiffer's cartoons, this is not for short attention spans, as the search is prolonged and wordy; still, so intense is the child's concentration that sometimes the background vanishes and she seems to burst out of the story to peer along the surfaces of the pages, and children, at least, will enjoy surveying the immense haul of toys, clothes, books, animals, and rubble littering the shelves, floor, and bed. An energetically drawn, comically exaggerated reprise of a universal domestic experience. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688177225
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 298,747
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jules  Feiffer
Jules Feiffer has won a number of prizes for his cartoons, plays, and screenplays, including the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. His books for children include The Man in the Ceiling, A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears, I Lost My Bear, Bark, George, and Meanwhile... He lives in New York City.

In His Own Words...

"I have been writing and drawing comic strips all illy life, first as a six-year-old, when I'd try to draw like my heroes: Alex Raymond, who did Flash Gordon, E. C. Segar, who did Popeye, Milton Caniff, who did Terry and the Pirates. The newspaper strip back in the I 1940s was a glorious thing to behold. Sunday pages were full-sized and Colored broadsheets that created a universe that could swallow a boy whole.

"I was desperate to be a cartoonist. One of my heroes was Will Eisner, who did a weekly comic book supplement to the Sunday comics. One day I walked into his office and showed him my samples. He said they were lousy, but lie hired me anyway. And I began my apprenticeship.

"Later I was drafted Out of Eisner's office into tile Korean War. Militarism, regimentation, and mindless authority combined to squeeze the boy cartoonist Out Of me and bring out the rebel. There was no format at the time to fit [he work I raged and screamed to do, so I had to invent one. Cartoon satire that commented on the Lin military the Bomb, the Cold War, the hypocrisy of grownLIPS, the mating habits of urban Young men and women, these were my subjects. After four years of trying to break into print and getting nowhere, the Village Voice, the first alternative newspaper, offered to publish me. Only one catch: They couldn't Pay me. What (lid I care?

"My weekly satirical strip, Sick Sick Sick, later renamed Feiffer started appearing in late 1956. Two years later, Sick Sick Sick came out in book form and became a bestseller. The following years saw a string of cartoon collections, syndication, stage and screen adaptations of the cartoon. One, Munro, won an Academy Award.

"This was heady stuff, taking me miles beyond my boyhood dreams. The only thing that got in the way of my enjoying it was the real world. The Cuban missile crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights revolution. The country was coining unglued and my weekly cartoons didn't seem to be an adequate way of handling it. So I started writing plays: Little Murders, The White House Murder Case, Carnal Knowledge, Grownups. All the themes of my comic strips expanded theatrically and later, cinematically to give me the time and space I needed to explain the times to myself and to my audience.

"I grew older. I had a family, and late in life, a very young family. I started thinking, as old guys will, about what I wanted these children to read, to learn. I read them E.B. White and Beverly Cleary and Roald Dahl, and, one day, I thought, I ley, I can do this."

"Writing for young readers connects me profess sionally to) a part of myself that I didn't know how to let out until I was sixty: that kid who lived a life of innocence, mixed with confusion and consternation, disappointment and dopey humor. And who drew comic strips and needed friends--and found them--in cartoons and children's books that told him what the grown-ups in his life had left out. That's what reading (lid for me when I was a kid. Now, I try to return the favor."

Jules Feiffer has won a number of prizes for his cartoons, plays, and screenplays, including the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. His books for children include The Man in the Ceiling, A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears, I Lost My Bear, Bark, George, and Meanwhile... He lives in New York City.

In His Own Words...

"I have been writing and drawing comic strips all illy life, first as a six-year-old, when I'd try to draw like my heroes: Alex Raymond, who did Flash Gordon, E. C. Segar, who did Popeye, Milton Caniff, who did Terry and the Pirates. The newspaper strip back in the I 1940s was a glorious thing to behold. Sunday pages were full-sized and Colored broadsheets that created a universe that could swallow a boy whole.

"I was desperate to be a cartoonist. One of my heroes was Will Eisner, who did a weekly comic book supplement to the Sunday comics. One day I walked into his office and showed him my samples. He said they were lousy, but lie hired me anyway. And I began my apprenticeship.

"Later I was drafted Out of Eisner's office into tile Korean War. Militarism, regimentation, and mindless authority combined to squeeze the boy cartoonist Out Of me and bring out the rebel. There was no format at the time to fit [he work I raged and screamed to do, so I had to invent one. Cartoon satire that commented on the Lin military the Bomb, the Cold War, the hypocrisy of grownLIPS, the mating habits of urban Young men and women, these were my subjects. After four years of trying to break into print and getting nowhere, the Village Voice, the first alternative newspaper, offered to publish me. Only one catch: They couldn't Pay me. What (lid I care?

"My weekly satirical strip, Sick Sick Sick, later renamed Feiffer started appearing in late 1956. Two years later, Sick Sick Sick came out in book form and became a bestseller. The following years saw a string of cartoon collections, syndication, stage and screen adaptations of the cartoon. One, Munro, won an Academy Award.

"This was heady stuff, taking me miles beyond my boyhood dreams. The only thing that got in the way of my enjoying it was the real world. The Cuban missile crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights revolution. The country was coining unglued and my weekly cartoons didn't seem to be an adequate way of handling it. So I started writing plays: Little Murders, The White House Murder Case, Carnal Knowledge, Grownups. All the themes of my comic strips expanded theatrically and later, cinematically to give me the time and space I needed to explain the times to myself and to my audience.

"I grew older. I had a family, and late in life, a very young family. I started thinking, as old guys will, about what I wanted these children to read, to learn. I read them E.B. White and Beverly Cleary and Roald Dahl, and, one day, I thought, I ley, I can do this."

"Writing for young readers connects me profess sionally to) a part of myself that I didn't know how to let out until I was sixty: that kid who lived a life of innocence, mixed with confusion and consternation, disappointment and dopey humor. And who drew comic strips and needed friends--and found them--in cartoons and children's books that told him what the grown-ups in his life had left out. That's what reading (lid for me when I was a kid. Now, I try to return the favor."

Biography

Born the Bronx in 1929, Jules Feiffer got his first taste of the artistic accolades that were to come his way in the form of a gold medal awarded to him at the age of five in a school art contest. His love of art persisted throughout his childhood -- and after forging a career as a Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist, he would find success writing and illustrating books for children himself.

After high school, Feiffer’s talent for drawing led him to the Art Students League of New York and later earned him admittance to Brooklyn’s renowned Pratt Institute. His first paying job as a cartoonist was under the tutelage of idol Will Eisner, the famous father of the classic 1940s cartoon, “The Spirit.” Feiffer’s apprenticeship and fledgling comic strip career were interrupted, however, when he was drafted into the Army. There, he spent what little free time he was allowed doodling sketches with a decidedly anti-military bent, and his famous “Munro” character -- a four-year-old boy drafted into the Army by mistake -- was born.

After serving his time in the Army, Feiffer developed the comic strip Sick, Sick, Sick: A Guide to Non-confident Munro, which was later renamed, simply, Feiffer. The strip appeared regularly in publications from The Village Voice to The New York Times from 1956 to 1997, and Feiffer’s trademark style -- stark, scribbled figures emoting against a white background -- was promptly adopted by political cartoonists around the world. In April of 1958, an animated rendition of Sick, Sick, Sick won an Academy Award in the Short-Subject Cartoon category, and in 1996, Feiffer was awarded the Pulitzer for his biting editorial cartoons.

Feiffer's knack for capturing the turmoil of his times carried over from cartoons into other media. His play Little Murders -- a wry exploration of violence in urban life -- garnered several accolades when it was presented in 1967, among them the London Theatre Critics, Outer Circle Critics and Obie Awards. As New York Times theater reviewer Clive Barnes commented, "[Feiffer] muses on urban man, the cesspool of urban man's mind, the beauty of his neurosis, and the inevitability of his wilting disappointment." Feiffer's other plays include White House Murder Case (1970) and Anthony Rose (1990). In addition, Feiffer wrote the screenplays for several feature films, most notably Carnal Knowledge (1971) and Popeye (1980).

Feiffer’s motivation to write his first children’s book, according to legend, came from good old-fashioned spite. The story goes that a longtime friend of Feiffer's (who he won’t name) came up with a concept for a children's book based on their shared love of the movies. Feiffer agreed to hand over the illustrating duties to his friend and give writing it a shot, and toughed out every line. When he called the friend to report on his progress, Feiffer found out -- to his fury -- that his friend had decided to write it himself. Although his friend later apologized, Feiffer decided that in the end, they should each do their own books. He changed the subject of his work in progress from the movies to comic books, and The Man in the Ceiling -- a semi-autobiographical tale bout a boy and his love for drawing -- was born.

Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best children's books of 1993, the book was a runaway hit with kids and parents. Feiffer continued writing for his new, less jaded audience, offering up A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears (1998), I Lost My Bear (1998), Meanwhile… (1999), Bark, George (1999), I’m Not Bobby!, (2000) By the Side of the Road (2001), and The House Across the Street (2002). Far from the stark stencils that are his political cartoons, his children’s illustrations wriggle with life, their curvier lines in no way softening the lessons within.

Good To Know

Feiffer is the only cartoonist to have a comic strip published by The New York Times.

A fan of comic strips from an early age, Feiffer started to draw at the age of six. His favorites were Flash Gordon, Popeye, and Terry and the Pirates.

Feiffer didn't want Jack Nicholson cast for the lead in the 1971 film Carnal Knowledge, for which he wrote the screenplay. Director Mike Nichols fought Feiffer on the casting and finally convinced him to approve the up-and-coming actor.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 26, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      The Pratt Institute, 1951

Introduction

"It's not under the bed,
or on the chair,
or beneath the couch,
or behind the curtains.
It's Gone!"

What do you do when your best toy disappears, and you can't find it where you were playing with it last, and your family is no help at all? Mom's too busy...Dad's reading...and Sister's grumpy. But when a spunky little detective strikes out on her own to find her favorite stuffed toy, she discovers much more than anyone ever expected! Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Jules Feiffer has created an irresistible young heroine in his latest picture book, I Lost My Bear.

With a simple text, lots of humor, and bold, expressive pictures, I Love My Bear is a playful salute to a girl who refuses to give up.

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Interviews & Essays

Before the live bn.com chat, Jules Feiffer agreed to answer some of our questions:

Q:  What prompted you to start a new career as a children's book author?

A:  Having young kids at an old age. Being 60 and a father again tends to focus your attention.

Q:  What was it like winning an Academy Award?

A:  Not as exciting as winning the Pulitzer Prize, which I won for editorial cartooning in 1986, and seemed less of a fluke or dumb luck.

Q:  Do you miss doing a syndicated cartoon strip? Will we see "Feiffer" again?

A:  I am still doing a syndicated strip, the very same one I have been doing for over 41 years. It's not in the Voice anymore, but it's in L.A., San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, etc. I also appear monthly as an op-ed cartoonist in The New York Times.

Q:  You have won a Pulitzer Prize and an Academy Award, been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters -- of all your numerous accomplishments, is there any one feat that you hold above others? Why?

A:  The one feat I hold above all others is that I've managed to get away with doing the work I loved, by and large, while avoiding the work I loathed or felt indifferent to -- most of the time -- these last 41 years.

Q:  Are there any new artists or cartoonists that you think will be making a name for themselves in the near future?

A:  Chris Ware and Ben Katchor are already established on the alternative scene but are bound to get better known.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2005

    Fabulous!

    This is such a fun book! It's a great one to act out and always gets big laughs. The illustations are wonderful. This is one book I actually don't mind reading over and over again!

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    Posted November 19, 2001

    Great book!

    No matter how many times my son reads this book, he always laughs at the surprise ending! It is so much fun to read and I look forward to reading other Jules Feiffer's books with my son!

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