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Ice Cream Larry Hardcover – Mar 1 1999


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Corp/Ccb (March 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761450432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761450436
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 23.7 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #928,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 grateful to his new hero that he promises to buy a hotel with a swimming pool where Larry can be a lifeguard for the rest of his days. The affable polar bear's comical adventures continue to unfold in At the Hotel Larry, Bongo Larry, and Ice Cream Larry. In this endearingly odd picture book, Larry goes to Cohen's Cones, the ice-cream shop, where he complains of overheating and is allowed to sleep in the walk-in freezer. Of course, while he's in there, he eats 250 pounds of ice cream.
"I don't see how you can let a bear into your freezer and not expect him to eat ice cream," I said. "He ate a lot," Mrs. Cohen said. "Well, he's a bear." "I suppose." "I didn't eat any of the almond crunch," Larry said. "Could I have some now please?"
The next day, Larry's picture is in the Daily World with the headline "Bear Eats 1/8 Ton Ice Cream," and the caption "'I do not feel sick,' says bear." The next thing you know, Mr. I. Berg from Iceberg Ice Cream tracks Larry down for a big marketing campaign. He takes the now famous polar bear away in a very large car to visit his modern-day ice-cream factory in Maryland, where together they develop the "Larry Bar." It comes in blueberry, bearberry, and even codfish to suit Baffin Bay tastes. The new advertising slogan? "I do not feel sick." Comic genius Daniel Pinkwater and illustrator Jill Pinkwater succeed again with this strange, and strangely sweet, story of the always polite and usually hungry polar bear and his devoted owners. Anyone who hasn't met Larry should really be introduced. (Ages 4 to 8, but amusing for all ages) --Karin Snelson

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-Another picture book starring Larry, that fortunate polar bear whose mishaps only serve to solidify his position as the beloved lifeguard at the Hotel Larry. This story begins when young Mildred Frobisher, daughter of the hotel proprietors, answers a call from a frantic ice-cream store owner; Larry has eaten an eighth of a ton of ice cream while resting in her walk-in freezer. The resulting publicity catches the eye of businessman I. Berg, who hires Larry as his celebrity spokesbear, complete with his own line of ice-cream bars, with flavors running from arctic almond to codfish, and the ad slogan: "I do not feel sick." As before, Larry's warmhearted and literal interpretations of the human world lead to hilarious misunderstandings. Daniel Pinkwater's masterful deadpan humor appeals to somewhat sophisticated tastes, despite the book's childlike look. The pen-and-marker illustrations convey the immense impact of Larry's presence on his human family. The combination of the absurd with the kindness of true friendship makes this a solid purchase.
Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, NE
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Hardcover
The former "Bongo Larry" returns as "Ice Cream Larry" in this delightful continuation of the Pinkwaters' series about the multi-talented polar bear. Jill Pinkwater's vivid, varied colors (pen and ink, and colored marker) and Daniel Pinkwater's droll prose combine for another hit. Here, Larry gets in trouble after eating 250 pounds of ice cream from the walk-in freezer at Cohen's Cones. Larry is full of excuses, including a claim that he ate the ice cream in his sleep! After hearing of his exploits ("Bear eats 1/8 Ton Ice Cream"), Mr. I. Berg comes to the Hotel Larry with a proposition to enhance the reputation of the Iceberg Ice-Cream Company: A new line of Larry ice cream bars, including codfish flavor. Somehow it all goes well, even with the company's dubious new slogan--a quote from Larry--"I do not feel sick!"
This is a simple yet very entertaining story that succeeds because of the dry humor that Pinkwater injects throughout the book. There's a bit of a wink to the reader, but it's never too obvious or condescending--Pinkwater plays it straight. Just about as good as "Bongo Larry," and printed on high quality paper with excellent illustrations, this would be an excellent gift for any animal/ice cream lover that you know.
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By A Customer on Sept. 26 2000
Format: Hardcover
Ice Cream Larry is one of a series of books about Larry, a polar bear, who lives at a hotel and works as a lifeguard at the hotel pool. Larry has never eaten a human being, but he is always hungry, and in this book he eats 250 pounds of ice cream and wants more. His greed leads him to fame as the spokesbear of the Iceberg Ice Cream company and a new product is named after him. The Larry Bar comes in many flavors including blueberry and codfish. The Larry books are hilarious, and the illustrations colorful and engaging. I have read this book many, many times to my 3-year old, who never gets tired of Larry's antics with his brother Roy and his friends at the hotel, the Frobishers... The phrase "And I don't feel sick!" has become one of our standard jokes when we eat ice cream (or anything else we like a lot!)
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By michelle walsh on March 25 2000
Format: Hardcover
In Canada, we hear of Polar Bears invading the towns close to the North Pole. As global warming becomes more of a reality each year, the Polar Bears actually have to be escorted out of Churchill, (Alberta?) so that small children or pets aren't attacked. Back to the book -- this is a sweet look at emotions that children can relate to, when this polar bear finds himself in unfamiliar territory, trying to survive.
Children love the silly paradox of a polar bear at the beach, and I love reading the book to them!
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I am a kindergarten teacher, and while my students enjoy this book, I don't think they like it more than I do. I read this book to my husband and teen-aged sons, and have read it for my own pleasure many times. I think this book could be well used in a high school English class when discussing tone or comic timing. I only wish that the Larry books would come out in paperback so that more people could enjoy them, and that another old Pinkwater favorite, Roger's Umbrella,were still in print.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Birth of the Cold April 20 2004
By M. Allen Greenbaum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The former "Bongo Larry" returns as "Ice Cream Larry" in this delightful continuation of the Pinkwaters' series about the multi-talented polar bear. Jill Pinkwater's vivid, varied colors (pen and ink, and colored marker) and Daniel Pinkwater's droll prose combine for another hit. Here, Larry gets in trouble after eating 250 pounds of ice cream from the walk-in freezer at Cohen's Cones. Larry is full of excuses, including a claim that he ate the ice cream in his sleep! After hearing of his exploits ("Bear eats 1/8 Ton Ice Cream"), Mr. I. Berg comes to the Hotel Larry with a proposition to enhance the reputation of the Iceberg Ice-Cream Company: A new line of Larry ice cream bars, including codfish flavor. Somehow it all goes well, even with the company's dubious new slogan--a quote from Larry--"I do not feel sick!"
This is a simple yet very entertaining story that succeeds because of the dry humor that Pinkwater injects throughout the book. There's a bit of a wink to the reader, but it's never too obvious or condescending--Pinkwater plays it straight. Just about as good as "Bongo Larry," and printed on high quality paper with excellent illustrations, this would be an excellent gift for any animal/ice cream lover that you know.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
My favorite picture book March 23 2003
By Ellen Romano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am a kindergarten teacher, and while my students enjoy this book, I don't think they like it more than I do. I read this book to my husband and teen-aged sons, and have read it for my own pleasure many times. I think this book could be well used in a high school English class when discussing tone or comic timing. I only wish that the Larry books would come out in paperback so that more people could enjoy them, and that another old Pinkwater favorite, Roger's Umbrella,were still in print.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Larry is Cool, Not a Fool Sept. 26 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ice Cream Larry is one of a series of books about Larry, a polar bear, who lives at a hotel and works as a lifeguard at the hotel pool. Larry has never eaten a human being, but he is always hungry, and in this book he eats 250 pounds of ice cream and wants more. His greed leads him to fame as the spokesbear of the Iceberg Ice Cream company and a new product is named after him. The Larry Bar comes in many flavors including blueberry and codfish. The Larry books are hilarious, and the illustrations colorful and engaging. I have read this book many, many times to my 3-year old, who never gets tired of Larry's antics with his brother Roy and his friends at the hotel, the Frobishers... The phrase "And I don't feel sick!" has become one of our standard jokes when we eat ice cream (or anything else we like a lot!)
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Larry Adapts March 25 2000
By michelle walsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In Canada, we hear of Polar Bears invading the towns close to the North Pole. As global warming becomes more of a reality each year, the Polar Bears actually have to be escorted out of Churchill, (Alberta?) so that small children or pets aren't attacked. Back to the book -- this is a sweet look at emotions that children can relate to, when this polar bear finds himself in unfamiliar territory, trying to survive.
Children love the silly paradox of a polar bear at the beach, and I love reading the book to them!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Sweet Treat March 17 2012
By Pop Bop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First, there is Larry. He may be Young Larry, or Ice Cream Larry, or Hotel Larry, or, (my favorite), Bongo Larry - but no matter the form he is Pinkwater's Larry. And since Daniel Pinkwater is like the absolutely coolest Uncle you ever had, who was the best relative to visit during the holidays, being Pinkwater's Larry is the best Larry you can be. These stories are mellow and gentle without being sappy. They are dry without being ironic. They are silly without being stupid. They are ingratiating without being needy. There is nothing forced, they just flow. Larry is wonderful fun.

Second, this is the way to be introduced to Pinkwater, because Pinkwater books get better and better as your reader gets older. From the Snarkout Boys to Alan Mendelson to Arthur Bobowicz to Robert Nifkin, (who eats Holden Caulfield for lunch), Pinkwater's teen heroes are heroes for the ages. Resourceful, shrewd, decent, observant, and wise - these are fictional friends for life, and essential parts of your kids library. So, start here with Larry and just keep going.

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