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The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear [Library Binding]

Walter Moers , John Brownjohn
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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9 May 2008
Unlike cats, bluebears have 27 lives, which can be very handy when one considers the manner in which the hero of this story repeatedly manages to avoid death only by a paw's breadth. The story describes Captain Bluebear's first 13 and a half lives.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Library Binding: 704 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435276132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435276130
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 534,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Within the first 15 pages I was carried away by the sheer craziness of it all.Some Minipirates find a baby bear with blue fur inside a walnut shell floating on the ocean towards a giant whirlpool. They rescue him and teach him about knots and waves, and that a good white lie is often considerably more exciting than the truth. Then, when he outgrows their ship to such an extent that he is in danger of sinking it, they abandon him on an island with a bottle of seaweed juice and a loaf of seaweed bread. Thus Bluebear comes to the end of his first life and embarks on his second. By the end of the book, he has expended exactly half of his 27 lives. Again and again, Moers confounds our expectations as the narrative twists and turns, travels backwards and forwards in time.Part science fiction, part fairy tale, part myth, part epic, the book is a satire on all these genres and so constantly satirises itself. Very amusing' Daily Telegraph. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'Marvellously fantastical' - Sunday Express --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Captain Bluebear has long been a children's favourite in Germany, both on weekly television shows and in this book. Walter Moers has created a bear unlike any other, who has sailed the seven seas (or has he?) and seen and experienced many strange things. So, for example, this book begins with Captain Bluebear's first of 13 1/2 life segments, telling us all about his life among the Dwarf Pirates, and his hilarious tales work their way through all segments, including encounters with a contagious disease called "intelligence", angular sandstorms and vampires with a bad attitude culminating with his well-earned retirement. I can not recommend this book highly enough. It has worked a treat with all of my nephews and is ideal (both in content and in size - about 700 pages) for bed-time story reading. An absolute treat and sure to become a classic in this country as well!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny as.. 7 Nov 2003
The 13.5 lives of Captain Bluebear is a refreshing read and certainly the funniest book that I have read in a long time. The plot gets wilder and wilder as you progress through this large tome. From start to finish it had me hooked and really is one of those books that has you yearning for more.
Captain Bluebear's adventures obviously require a certain amount of suspension of disbelief, but don't all the best stories? An absolute delight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Moers, please! 5 Sep 2005
Okay, I admit it: I like "unusual" books. And so, based on the wacky cover, I bought it. And I'm so glad I did. Literate, inventive, philosophical and satiric by turns, this is a (perhaps unexpectedly) provocative read which restores one's faith in the inventiveness of writers, and in their ability to make the apparently entirely irrelevant more relevant than could be thought possible. It's also very difficult to overstate this novel's entertainment value.
So, publishers, let's have more translated Moers, please!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feelgood fun 16 July 2007
By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
For those who have not seen it, the book is large (700 big pages) and lavishly illustrated with cartoons. Inside, it shows a map of the world, including various lost continents. The action takes place in Zamonia - which includes Hobgoblin Island!!!

The basic plot is: Bluebear is a little blue bear, found drifting in the sea in a walnutshell by the minipirates. They take him in until he outgrows their boat. He then visits a sequence of other locations (including Hobgoblin Island!!!) and meets strange creatures and has strange adventures. Because Bluebear has no history, the backstories have to be delivered by the Professor Abdullah Nightingale's Encyclopaedia - a la Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In fact, this book owes more than a nod to Douglas Adams, and indeed Adams is given a near-anagram mention in one of the various lists of names. But the storyline is irrelevant. The joy of the book is in Walter Moers's imagination - creating such a range of characters and creatures - some of whom play musical instruments made of milk. There are whole worlds created, histories invented. The detail is immense.

This is sheer, unadulterated Edward Lear style nonsense. And the illustrations mean that, although the book is on the long side, it doesn't outstay its welcome. The ending is feelgood - as we know it will be from the outset - and I'm sure the novel will be well worth dipping back into even if it doesn't get read again from cover to cover.

There are plenty of worse ways to spend your money!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich, wry, and beautifully illustrated 20 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Moers' novel is witty, enjoyable, and smooth. If I had children, I'd read it to them. It doesn't shy away from long words or complex ideas, but plots a course through them. An intelligent book to stimulate the mind and delight the heart.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Night is knowledge 12 Jun 2007
If Norman Juster had written "The Hobbit," it might have turned out something like "The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear."

It's also the best description of Walter Moers' debut novel, which is probably the best children's book ever written for adults. Set on the mythical continent of Zamonia, Moers sketches out hundreds of strange creatures and surreal adventures, all written in wryly colourful prose.

Bluebear was found floating in a walnut shell, raised by peg-legged hook-handed Minipirates, taught by the talking waves, and kept as entertainment by gruesome hobgoblins. But when he ends up on a giant carnivorous island disguised as a gourmet's paradise, Bluebear is rescued by Deus X. Machina, a Reptilian Rescuer who later brings him to the Nocturnal Academy, run by the seven-brained Professor Abdullah Nightingale.

But when he reaches the end of his education, Nightingale sends Bluebear onto a strange series of adventures -- he falls into a Dimensional Hiatus, is almost eaten by the Spiderwitch, travels through a Bollogg brain, gets swept up in an aging tornado, chases mirages with the Muggs, and finally becomes a Congladiator (lying/storytelling competitor) in Atlantis. But after a match gone bad, Bluebear must flee Atlantis -- and is abducted by the Moloch, a monstrous ship run by the most insidious substance in Zamonia...

Walter Moers should get some kind of award for cramming as many fantastical, bizarre creatures into one book -- carpet dimensions, tiny cyclops, hairy imps, metallic rock-eaters, killer sugar-skeletons, antlered dogs, and headless giants all turn up, and that's only the start. It's a good thing Bluebear gets an encyclopedia in his brain (from Nightingale), or else we would never keep them all straight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Walter Moers book I've read - won't be the last
I read this to my 9 year old daughter over the course of many nights, and it was wild, bizarre, wacky & strange. Also wonderful. It was the first Walter Moers book I'd read. Read more
Published 18 days ago by StockportJambo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever!!!!!
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Published 10 months ago by lotte bagger
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Was disappointed with the condition this book arrived in - I was expecting a new one and this looks second hand, don't think my daughter will be too happy at Christmas but guess... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. S. K. Shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is a great book for children, my daughter is 9 and we love it. It is a very thick book so one that would take some time to get through. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Z. Shears
5.0 out of 5 stars aye aye captain
I remember reading this book in paperback form years ago and loved how the book was set out
From beginning to end. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, laugh!
Great book for a light read... Very quirky. Great present for any one who is quirky, they will love it!
Published 22 months ago by Qwertyuiop
5.0 out of 5 stars How Dank Was My Valley
Walter Moers was born in Germany in 1957, where his books and comics are hugely successful.The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear was frist published in 1999, and was translated into... Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2012 by Craobh Rua
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A blue bear is found floating on the seas, and rescued by mini pirates. These mini pirates are born with wooden legs and hooks for arms, & spend most of their lives trying to rob... Read more
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