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Bub, Snow, and the Burly Bear scare
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, ©2002.
Physical Description:
119 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A young moose, his mother, and his animal friends team up to fight a bully of a grizzly bear one long, hard winter, and make friends with some humans in the process.


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Mother also warned me about people. But she didn't know Jane and Jussy, the children who left us hay when we were so hungry. I may be a little moose, but I'm no dummy. That hay was sooo good....After our dangerous journey over the mountains, everything here seemed wonderful. I made friends with Raney and Sweet Pea, draft horses on the farm, and Chippy the beaver. I even found my old pal, Snow the wolf. Everything was perfect. Until we met Burly! A grizzly with insomnia, Burly was about the nastiest, scariest character I ever met. All I wanted to do was stay away from him. But when he went after my friends...well...what's a moose to do?

Author Notes

Bill Wallace was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma on August 1, 1947. He received a B. S. from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in 1971 and a M. S. in elementary administration from Southwestern State University in 1974. Before becoming a full-time author, he was a physical education instructor, a classroom teacher, and the principal for the same school he had attended as a child.

His first book, A Dog Called Kitty, was published in 1980. He wrote more than 30 children's books during his lifetime including Danger on Panther Peak, Trapped in Death Cave, Red Dog, Buffalo Gal, Danger in Quicksand Swamp, Beauty, Aloha Summer, Watchdog and the Coyotes, and Coyote Autumn. He also co-wrote seven books with his wife Carol Wallace including The Flying Flea, Callie, and Me; That Furball Puppy and Me; Bub Moose; Bub, Snow, and the Burly Bear Scare; and The Meanest Hound Around. He received Oklahoma's Arrell M. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 as well as 22 child-voted state awards. He died of cancer on January 30, 2012 at the age of 64.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-This sequel to Bub Moose (S & S, 2001) can stand on its own. Bub and his mother face a hard winter and have a tough time finding food. When they reach their valley, they find that it has been taken over by humans, and Bub makes friends with the children who leave hay out for the animals. The young moose also makes new friends with the other animals and goes sledding, but life takes a slightly scary turn when a grumpy grizzly shows up. The title is a bit misleading as Snow, a wolf pup that Bub befriended in the previous book, plays a fairly minor role here and doesn't appear until the last third of the story. Most of the characters are somewhat one-dimensional, with speech idiosyncrasies standing in for personalities, e.g., a horse speaks in "Valley Girl" talk. The writing is at times awkward, particularly when it attempts to incorporate science into the text, as when Bub's mother explains what an animal's territory is. Such realism stands out too much in a story that features all sorts of "unnatural" behavior, beginning with the fact that the animals talk. Still, it's all mildly amusing, and there are some entertaining scenes. Black-and-white, full-page cartoon illustrations highlight events. This title will appeal mainly to fans of the first book and others looking for a light, funny read.-Arwen Marshall, Minneapolis Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

As in [cf2]Bub Moose[cf1], this sequel mixes nature with anthropomorphized characters. The young moose and his mother, along with a wolf pup, some beavers and otters, a horse, and two people children, have small winter adventures, during which they encounter Burly Bear. Predictably, the friendly animals and humans win out in the end. The black-and-white pencil and wash drawings look dated. From HORN BOOK Spring 2003, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.