84th out of 119 books — 24 voters
Ice Cream Larry (Larry the Polar Bear)
Larry is a polar bear who, as we discover in Young Larry, falls asleep on a chunk of ice in Baffin Bay and wakes up in Bayonne, New Jersey. Stranded on a beach, what else can he do but become a lifeguard to earn money to buy the blueberry muffins he loves? Fortunately, just as he is about to be fired for being a polar bear, he saves the life of Martin Frobisher, who is so...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Two Lions
(first published 1999)
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I think I should've gotten the original Larry book before this one to see the background of how Larry the Polar Bear came to live with the family. My 5 y/o son however thought this one was funny enough to warrant telling me that I *had* to read it as "my bedtime story" after he'd read it with my husband for his bedtime story. That's pretty high praise in my book. Of course he's an ice-cream fiend too.
Jul 28, 2009 Heidi rated it 3 of 5 stars
A funny idea of a polar bear becoming a spokesman for an ice cream company. And I really like Larry. But I think some of the humor or concepts might be a bit on the old-fashioned side for today's group of kids. At least, the humor could be conveyed in a one-on-one reading, but in a storytime it might go over their heads...and stay over. Works well with the Sweet Treats theme, though.
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...moreMore about Daniel Pinkwater...