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Bad Bear Detectives: An Irving and Muktuk Story (Irving and Muktuk)

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When a shipment of imported Italian muffins goes missing, Irving and Muktuk become the key suspects. Everyone knows their weakness for muffins and immediately think they are responsible!

Irving and Muktuk realize that in order to clear their smirched names, they have to find the culprit themselves. They disguise themselves, sniff out some clues, interview possible witnesses
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 7th 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2004)
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Bonnie
Oct 06, 2009 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Alexus & Hunter; Milos & Bronte; Max; & any other kids in the 4-8 age-range
(Also recommended by Lisa Vegan - but only one name can be inserted!)

Bad Bear Detectives opens with a news item:
Bayonne Tribune
Dirty Works on the Docks
Last night, a large shipment of expensive Italian designer muffins disappeared from a waterfront warehouse. The muffins had been unloaded from the ship Gorgonzola Maru earlier in the day. This morning, the muffins were gone. Bayonne City Police found only one clue – a large fat footprint. “This could be the work of bears,” Police Captain Hare told
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Lisa Vegan
Oct 24, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all young children & their adults, anyone with a sense of humor including adults without kids
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
Yes! This fourth in the Bad Bears series is my second favorite, closely following the first book, and definitively proves that the Pinkwaters are writing/illustrating these books for adults as well as for young children.

This is an absolutely hilarious book. Virtually every page had me giggling. The expressions on the bear’s faces and their body language overall are illustrated with perfection. They make the book 100 times funnier. The detective story with the included solved mystery are highly e
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Ginny Messina
Oct 24, 2008 Ginny Messina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidlit, hahaha
I was trying hard to hold off on reading this until I read Bad Bears Go Visiting, which is waiting for me at the library. But I just couldn't resist after seeing the reviews by Lisa and Abigail! I was laughing out loud from page 2 (when the bad bears are hanging out in the Bayonne Zoo, cheating each other at cards). The Pinkwaters are funny!

(I grew up just 20 miles from Bayonne and I'm pretty sure it doesn't have a zoo, and I know it isn't the Muffin Capitol of the world, but I'm glad to see the
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Laurie
Feb 16, 2015 Laurie rated it it was ok
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Pop Bop
Jun 29, 2014 Pop Bop rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Choosey Chapter Book Readers Choose Pinkwater

No one does deadpan absurd better than Daniel Pinkwater. From early readers through YA high schoolers there are books for only the hippest of kids.

The Larry the Polar Bear books and the Irving and Muktuk books are ideal for starting readers who can follow the slightly skewed action. Larry is a solo act and has considerable charm as an eccentric character. Irving and Muktuk are a bit different. They are "Bad Bears". They are unrepentant muffin thieves
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Jennifer Mitchell
Jan 16, 2012 Jennifer Mitchell rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
"This is bad," Muktuk says. "Make one mistake, and anytime a muffin goes missing, the coppers are all over you."

A large shipment of designer Italian blueberry muffins has gone missing.
Captain Hare is on the case and suspects those two bad bears, Irving and Muktuk.
Irving and Muktuk stand by their innocence and are out to prove they aren't the bears the Captain is looking for.

Charming and delightful.
Dolly
Aug 18, 2012 Dolly rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is the first book we've read in the Irving and Muktuk series by Daniel Pinkwater and Jill Pinkwater. I'm not sure I get it. The story is very odd and the ending is even stranger. The illustrations are a bit flat, too. The dialogue is a bit tiresome to read aloud, but perhaps I was just tired. Overall, the story was okay, but certainly not a favorite for us. We may have to read the first book in the series to give it another chance.
Liz Todd
Mar 08, 2015 Liz Todd rated it liked it
Great example of a mystery. Love the tone of this book. Lots of "detective voice" in it.
Esodhiambo
Nov 04, 2015 Esodhiambo rated it liked it
Shelves: intermediate
sophisticated narrative
wordy
bears solving crimes
Hillvan
Oct 07, 2015 Hillvan added it
Shelves: o-2015-2-fall
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Rachel
Mar 16, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it
This is my 3rd Irving & Muktuk book. I don't know if these bears are growing on me, or what, but I actually enjoyed this one much more than the first two! The writing was much better; the jokes were funnier. Interestingly, the pictures were not quite as colorful, but I guess what really got me liking it was the greatly improved story line and the text.
Amy Brown
Mar 05, 2009 Amy Brown rated it really liked it
The Bad Bears are accused of stealing muffins. To prove their innocence they decide to become the Bad Bear Detectives and solve the case.
Jan
Nov 19, 2008 Jan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with a funny bone
Irving and Muktuk are falsely accused and set out to find the real culprits. Love these doofuses!
Jen
Nov 18, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
good for predicting ending.
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Daniel Manus Pinkwater is an author of mostly children's books and is an occasional commentator on National Public Radio. He attended Bard College. Well-known books include Lizard Music, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Fat Men from Space, Borgel, and the picture book The Big Orange Splot. Pinkwater has also illustrated many of his books in the past, although for more recent works that ...more
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  • Bad Bears Go Visiting: An Irving and Muktuk Story

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