A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

A gir and a bear go to sea, equipped with a backpac, a comic book and a harmonica. They are only travelling a short distance and it really should n't take long. But their journey does n't quite go to plan...

Faced with turbulent storms, a terrifying sea monster and the rank remains of a very dangerous sandwich, the odds are against our unlikely heroes. Will the Harriet, their trusted vessel, withstand the violent lashings of the salty waves? And will anyone ever answer their message in a bottle?

Brilliantly funny and tender, this lovely book maps the growth of a truly memorable friendship and explores how, when all else is lost, the most unexpected joys can be found.
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Published March 14th 2013 by David Fickling Books (PB) (first published June 12th 2012
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The oy, for reasons left entirely unexplained, asks the Bear to row him across an unnamed body of water, to a destination identified only as " the other side. " Their attempts to reach that other side constitute the entirety of the book.The journey drags on for week and days.

For huge swathes of the bestsellin, othing is happening at all; the Bear rows, and the Boy attempts to find some way in which to occupy himself.There is a superher nove in the boat, left there by a previous passenger.

I compare it to something like Anne Ursu 's book Breadcrumbs, which also leaves any number of things unexplained, but does so because they 're things the protagonist has no way to know.

Some of the guy in A Boy and A Bear in a Boat could fit into this category, such as the parts with the abandoned ship, but it 's harde to figure a reason the Boy 's journey remains so obscure other than trying to be too artsy.

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A gir on his own seeks to cross a body of water from a bear in a small boat.

I thought it would be a quick, funny, and light read that I would be reluctant to recommend to reluctant middle-grade readers.

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That 's the question I kept asking myself as I read this ook.

For a arge part of the story nothing much happens, just the boy sitting in the boat with nothing to do while the bear contentedly rows, sleeps, eats, and has tea.

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A boy approaches a bear in a boat and asks how long it will take to get " just to the other side ".

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Of all the Carnegie shortlisted books, A Gir and A Bear in a Boat is the one aimed at the youngest audience.

As young an audience as this is aimed at, it is arguably the most philosophical and unpretentiously wise of the ooks on this year ’ s shortlist.No, I haven ’ t gone off my rocker I assure you.

In wilfully jettisoning plotting conventions, yet weaving a compelling tale all the same, this book succeeds in having a strong head and a sturdy heart.

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