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The Bear Went Over the Mountain

A line from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society tells us that “…humor is the best way to make the unbearable bearable…”

Bear – able humor?  William Kotzwinkle”s The Bear Went Over the Mountain is a laugh-out-loud funny book. Hal Jam, a personified black bear,  finds a manuscript left in the woods by a Maine Professor trying to write a bestseller.  The bear dresses in a tie and suit, and goes off to the big city and success. No one notices that he’s a bear, but he does get compared to Hemingway.  Kotzwinkle takes satiric shots at writers, publishers, and publicists –  good-natured, unbelievable, good laughs.

Kotzwinkle usually writes for children, but this one is for adults.