Anthony Browne Bear Goes to Town

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Bear Goes to Town

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9780099320401: Bear Goes to Town

Bear takes a walk in town and uses his magic pencil to rescue his new animal friends from an evil man in black.

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Fans may be surprised and disappointed by the route this talented author/illustrator has taken. Featuring the same character as last season's The Little Bear Book , Browne continues the adventures of an unrelievedly perky small white bear who can draw himself into and out of adventures, much like in Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon . This time, Bear goes for a walk through town and meets a friendly cat. When the cat is kidnapped by evil men in black, Bear uses his magic pencil to effect an escape for the cat and a group of other imprisoned farm animals. Finally, Bear draws a pastoral landscape "in the middle of nowhere" for them to enjoy. While the story itself is so simplistic as to be almost banal, Browne, a la Tomi Ungerer, has created a sinister and frightening subtext through the highly detailed, full-color art. Unlike his Piggybook , where subtext and story merge, evoking a sense of ironic humor, here bleak images crowd out any sense of fun. These images, combined with other complex illustrative foreshadowing, leave the reader confused. Is this just another saccharin and simple fantasy/adventure--or is it a dark view of a frightening urban landscape? While hinting at both, the book accomplishes neither. One longs for the wry humor of Browne's Willy the Wimp. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 1-- Echoes of Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon (Harper, 1958) haunt this story of Bear, who walks to town holding his magic pencil, which he uses to create the objects needed to free Cat after he is roughly captured by a sinister man wearing a black cap decorated with a skull. Adult readers will perceive surreal overtones of the worst evils of World War II in the pictures--blood drains from under the door of a butcher shop, and Cat is imprisoned on Dead End Street, where pieces of bone are scattered around a garbage can. This fast-paced but menacing adventure may be threatening to the very small children who will be attracted to the main character and the book's appealing layout. And they will surely ask the most difficult question of all: What happened to Sheep, who refused to leave the prison? Best suited for adult discussion groups. --Ellen Fader, Westport Public Library, CT
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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