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The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear

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ISBN13: 9781585678440
ISBN10: 1585678449
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Captain Bluebear tells the story of his first 13-1/2 lives spent on the mysterious continent of Zamonia, where intelligence is an infectious disease, water flows uphill, and dangers lie in wait for him around every corner.

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Captain Bluebear is a bear with blue fur, a creature as unique as the fantastic adventures he undergoes. Unlike cats, which have only nine lives, bluebears have twenty-seven. This is fortunate, because our hero is forever avoiding disaster by a paw's breadth. In this remarkable book, Captain Bluebear tells the story of his first thirteen-and-a-half lives spent on the mysterious continent of Zamonia, where intelligence is an infectious disease and water flows uphill, where headless giants roam deserts made of sugar, and where only Captain Bluebear's courage and ingenuity enable him to escape the dangers that lie in wait for him around every corner. In company with our indomitable hero, we enter a realm of the imagination that combines the fantasy of "Lord of the Rings and "The Neverending Story with the humour of Baron Munchausen - a wonderland where anything can exist except boredom.

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kim.jenkins, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by kim.jenkins)
Walter Moers is an amazing fantasy writer for kids who are still young enough to enjoy the absurd, but too smart for the average chapter book. My son's gifted class enjoys the twisted, subtle humor, the intricate use of words, combined with the totally unbelievability of the story -- perfect for a young man of 11 or 12. It is a challenge and yet entertaining. Of course, there is the minor subtle German aspects of the book, but John Brownjohn has done a GREAT job of translating and finding just the right English words to get the meanings right.
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terpstra13, January 22, 2012 (view all comments by terpstra13)
This book embodies all that is great about fantasy. The illustrations bring to life every new fantastical creature that Moers creates. In this adventure a Bluebear, that believes himself to be the only one of his kind, tells of the adventures he had in his first 13 and a half lives. His travels all over the land are very well written and every thing that he encounters leads to a new revelation and new growth.
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Cathy from Olympia, Washington, January 16, 2008 (view all comments by Cathy from Olympia, Washington)
They say you can't tell a book by it's cover, but the cover is what first caught my attention. 13 1/2 lives is a fun, quirky somewhat hefty "autobiography" featuring the many adventures of Bluebear, who was given his name by literal-minded roving mini-pirates who rescued the blue-furred bear cub while he floundered helplessly in a walnut shell on the edge of the dangerous "Malmstrom" (20 square mile whirlpool found in the Zamonian Sea). Throughout his 13 1/2 "lives," Bluebear finds himself in all sorts of dire predicaments and meets a large cast of odd characters, Bolloggs (giant cyclops) and sewer dragons being some of the most "normal." (Each of these odd characters is explained in interspersed entries from the "Encyclopedia of Marvels, Life Forms and Other Phenomena of Zamonia and its Environs" by Professor Nightingale.) To be honest, I did find a few of the chapters to be a bit on the "slow" side (which may have been due to numerous interruptions from my five-year old). However, I am really glad that I read Bluebear and plan to purchase additional copies as gifts. Don't be put off by the size of the book!! It is a surprisingly quick read, helped by generous margins, occasional EXTRA LARGE FONT, and above all the wonderful illustrations of author and cartoonist Walter Moers. A truly unique book!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781585678440
Author:
Moers, Walter
Publisher:
Overlook TP
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Imaginary places
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20060829
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
704
Dimensions:
8.9 x 6.18 x 1.53 in 1.5 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Captain Bluebear is a bear with blue fur, a creature as unique as the fantastic adventures he undergoes. Unlike cats, which have only nine lives, bluebears have twenty-seven. This is fortunate, because our hero is forever avoiding disaster by a paw's breadth. In this remarkable book, Captain Bluebear tells the story of his first thirteen-and-a-half lives spent on the mysterious continent of Zamonia, where intelligence is an infectious disease and water flows uphill, where headless giants roam deserts made of sugar, and where only Captain Bluebear's courage and ingenuity enable him to escape the dangers that lie in wait for him around every corner. In company with our indomitable hero, we enter a realm of the imagination that combines the fantasy of "Lord of the Rings and "The Neverending Story with the humour of Baron Munchausen - a wonderland where anything can exist except boredom.
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