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Monday, July 25, 2011

The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear: A novel by Walter Moers

This is a warm, happy, creative book about a little bear that has 13 1/2 lives. I loved it, and laughed, cried, got scared, and probably threw the book at the wall several times. It is a little slow at the start, but stick with it: it's worth it.

Life 1: Bluebear is a tiny baby, floating in a Walnut shell in the North Zamonian Sea, next to a huge whirpool the Malmstrom, Bluebear is rescued by a tiny crew of minipirates. He lives on seaweed and water, and learns the minipirates ways of singing, waves and knot tying, but before long he gets to big and has to leave to go to a mysterious island...

Life 2: Bluebear discovers a group of hobgoblins in the new island, and he is so scared of them he has a tantrum. He cries, shrieks, pounds his hands and feet on the ground, and feels like he is certain he will die. Well, he doesn't, because the Hobgoblins are so entranced by his emotional performance they ask him to do it again and again, every night. Eventually, he becomes repulsed by this, and he builds a raft and sails off in search of a new life.

I don't want to spoil the book by telling you about all his lives, but they are funny, silly, and it's really hard to put this book down (even though you kind of have to, it's 703 pages...) Read the book to find out about his other amazing adventures!

Rating: 10 out of 10

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