About the Book
The Berenstain Bears meets The Simpsons in this rollicking yarn about one really, really terrible week.
Tucker Grizzwell is having the worst week ever. He is due to attend the annual Jaws & Claws weekend with his dad, where young grizzlies learn how to be terrifying predators. Problem is, Tucker doesn't even like to eat meat, let alone have to kill it first! Plus, didn't some kid get eaten last year during the dumpster-diving lesson?
And before he can even get to the weekend, Tucker must endure a week's worth of middle school indignities, including pop quizzes, too much homework, bad cafeteria food, friends who are not the brightest lighthouses on the coast, an older sister who ignores him in the hallways, and one very unfortunate bus ride. The graphic novel format is perfect for the showcasing the daily trials and tribulations of this middle school grizzly cub.
My Take on the Book
This story is set up like a cartoon strip with speech bubbles. The author takes the reader through a week of Tucker's life. You will see him at school, at home, and then his experience of "jaws and claws weekend" with his father. Tucker goes through all the emotions of family and friend life as a 6th grader. His father takes him on Saturday for a hunting , fishing, dumpster diving,and basic survival of grizzly bears in the wild. However Tucker is not into all of this outdoor survival information.
The story is funny. There are lots of plays on words and phrases which will bring a smile and chuckle from you. Even as an adult I totally enjoyed the humor of this book.
In the end father bear learns that you must allow your child to be themselves. What you think is the way he/she must lead their live is not always the best way for that child.
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