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Irving and Mutuk: Two Bad Bears

by Daniel Pinkwater
Illustrated by Jill Pinkwater

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2001
32 pages
ISBN: 0-618-09334-6

Ages 4 - 8

Every year the town of Yellowtooth "in the frozen north" celebrates the New Year with a Blueberry Muffin Festival. And every year Irving and Muktuk, "two polar bears who are no better than they should be," try to steal the blueberry muffins. Luckily for Yellowtooth, it's hard to put one over on Officer Bunny. The year Irving and Muktuk pose as orphan penguins looking for muffin handouts, it's Officer Bunny who realizes that penguins are native to the South Pole, not the north. The year Irving and Muktuk pose as girl scouts taking cookie orders and demanding blueberry muffins as payment, it's Officer Bunny who realizes they're not wearing regulation uniforms and must be imposters. And the year Irving and Muktuk pose as blueberry muffins and are stored in the muffin warehouse, it's Officer Bunny who sees Muktuk drooling and catches them once again. The interplay between Daniel Pinkwater's droll text and Jill Pinkwater's comical illustrations boosts the humor of this over-the-top story. Officer Bunny's keen-eyed thwarting of the would-be-muffin thieves is all the more hilarious because Irving and Muktuk in their various disguises are still so obviously polar bears. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Older Children.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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