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Arctic Bears Chase

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  7 ratings  ·  6 reviews
An illustrated book for kids. One sentence using all 26 letters in order A to Z

One night Steve Fiffer couldn't fall asleep. Instead of counting sheep, he tried to create a single sentence using all the letters of the alphabet--in order from A to Z. He didn't get much sleep that night, but he got his 26-word sentence, which he promptly turned over to artist Keiler Roberts....more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 23rd 2012 by CreateSpace
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Kathryn (Nine Pages)
Jul 26, 2012 Kathryn (Nine Pages) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathryn (Nine Pages) by: Won on Goodreads
I won a copy of Arctic Bears Chase on Goodreads. This being my first, quite unexpected, and unlooked for prize, I may be disposed to view Arctic Bears Chase a little less impartially than I have some of the other books that I’ve reviewed here.

Arctic Bears Chase is a book consisting of a single, alphabetically building sentence with corresponding illustrations. The concept intrigued me, and so I entered my name for the drawing.

Intriguing though I still find the concept, I feel as if it might have...more
Jul 13, 2012 Gwendolyn rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: toddlers/parents of toddlers
I can easily imagine reading this to a small child, though depending on the personality and age of the child, it becomes harder to think of reading it more than a few times.

As an adult, I laughed out loud within the first few pages - but at the sheer, unexpected absurdity of the twist of events. However, as a child, young enough to still be learning the alphabet, I'm not sure I would realize how absurd the story was. The pictures are more understated than I would have liked, also leading me to...more
Sharon Fiffer
Adults and children will both laugh out loud and enjoy this one-sentence alphabet book. What I like especially is the playfulness--the game reader and child can play by making their own sentence. Older children too, could benefit from sneaky lessons about parts of speech with this kind of sentence-building. Illustrations are offbeat and hilarious. Great gift book that will provide hours of interactive fun. Full disclosure--I know and love both author and illustrator. But I have also read this bo...more
Kelly Knapp
Jul 06, 2012 Kelly Knapp rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents with toddler - preschool age
Recommended to Kelly by: Goodreads Firstreads giveaway
This is a delightful little book. I was so captivated by it that I called one of my grandchildren and read it to her. She giggled and my daughter, 27, loved it, as well. I couldn't give it 5 stars at first, because some of the sentence is a little awkward and not given to easy imagination. Then, I realized that the illustrator took up the slack in that area, which all great illustrators do.

If you are expecting a sentence that makes realistic sense, this is not it. However, mix in a little childh...more
Wonderful, folk-art style illustrations with a fun story. I have to agree with Gwendolyn, in that I can't imagine this being a book children want to read more than a few times. Those few times, however, will likely fill children's minds with fun and absurd images.

I won this book in a First Reads giveaway, and it will likely sit in my mother's elementary school library shelves, being enjoyed for years to come.
Steve Fiffer
May 29, 2012 Steve Fiffer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm the author, so I can't be objective. But I do think you'll have fun with it and will enjoy the wonderful illustrations of Keiler Roberts.
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