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THE 13 1/2 LIVES OF CAPTAIN BLUEBEAR by Walter Moers

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HALF-LIFE BLUE-FURRED SEMI-GRAPHIC STORIES

Sea bear spinning tales –

Fable, Bible, Gulliver.

Cartoons. Challenges.

 

Nitty Gritty:

YA/Adult (ages 13 and up)

Fantasy animal fiction

First person past tense POV from a bear’s POV (Captain Bluebear) – conversational – hovering on second person POV?

Part novel, part graphic novel, part short story collection

Reminiscent of Gulliver’s Travels

Humor

Main character – bear

Hero’s journey (Bear’s Journey)

Timeline – travel through13 1/2 of one bear’s allotted 29 lives

World building

Conversational in tone

Graphic novel elements — Cartoon-ish black and white drawings pepper the pages at

Off-beat fun

Childish simplicity and goofiness

Pictures compliment and add to plot and tone

Pace – fast and simple – quick and concise descriptions

Minimum of telling, maximum of showing

Lively pace

Free flowing plot

Complex cast of strange and wonderful characters – likable and hatable

All ages appeal