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The Bear That Wasn't by Frank Tashlin

The Bear That Wasn’t

  • Hardcover $16.95

    Mar 09, 2010 | 64 Pages | 4-8 years

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“Like a good many modern satirical fables about animals, this falls heavily between the stools of adult and juvenile interest.” – The New York Times

“It is a fable for grownups that will be fun for children. Sit down with the book and get your own bearings.” –New York Herald Tribune

“If you do not laugh at The Bear That Wasn’t you are not only a member of the human group, you are an agelast and you deserve it. An agelast (see Rabelais) is a silly man in a fur coat who needs a shave and doesn’t think it’s funny.” –Saturday Review of Literature

“Go ahead and enjoythe book, which is thoroughly funny throughout…Mr. Tashlin’s bear is very ingratiating and provides a good deal of fun for all members of the family.” –Springfield Republican

“Mr. Tashlin’s earlier masterpiece, The Bear That Wasn’t is a genially savage lampoon on the The Civilized People Who Aren’t.” –Los Angeles Times

"…a good story with wonderful pictures and even some political satire to appeal to adults who read it, as well." –Scott Simon, Weekend Edition Saturday, NPR

"…it’s a classic. And the proof of that is that it is now coming out…from the wonderful and magnificent New York Review of Books Children’s Collection.  [The Bear That Wasn’t]  has been hanging around since 1946, with wonderful pen and ink drawings." –Daniel Pinkwater, Weekend Edition Saturday, NPR 

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