looking for the title and author of a children's book about a polar bear. i don't remember the specifics of the story except for the fact that it ends, approximately, with the line:
"polar bear, underwear."
what i remember of the story is that the polar bear is on is way to the shower and involves him stripping down to his "polar bear underwear."
i remember the artwork being somewhat strange.
posted by defmute
on Dec 17, 2006 -
Please help me find any and all information available about an old book about writing whose very long name I cannot recall. [more inside]
posted by Nedroid
on Dec 8, 2006 -
Anyone have any suggestions for insightful, well-written books on the history of U.S. foreign relations?
posted by Malad
on Dec 8, 2006 -
Once I've made my sci-fi novel available via Lulu.com, will it still be viable to shop around to agents and editors for potential mass-market publication? Are there factors that influence it? For example, if it sells a lot, is it considered a good buy by a publisher, or has it basically had its first run?
posted by JWright
on Dec 8, 2006 -
mySQLfilter: How can I ignore "A, An, & The" at the beginning of book titles when sorting results alphabetically by title? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep
on Dec 5, 2006 -
BookFilter: I had this book as a child, it contained a number of solomon-like tales, (two mothers claiming a child, true mother didn't want it cut in half, etc.) Except with an Asian flair. It was called Judge Edo, Ito? Anyone? [more inside]
posted by emptyinside
on Dec 4, 2006 -
Where should I search in order to generate a list of all/most books published (in English, for the past 20 years or so) about a particular topic? I have a feeling that using Amazon plus my local library isn't giving me comprehensive results. Is there some kind of all-libraries database? Or all books that have been issued ISBN numbers?
posted by xo
on Dec 2, 2006 -
I'm looking for the name a book or published journal that was titled something along the lines of Diary of a Failure/ an Insignificant Man etc., written by a guy who had wanted to lead an extraordinary life but found out he was terminally ill (his doctor and wife were already aware of this) and had only a few months to live, thus putting to waste all his plans and ambitions.
Anyone heard of it? I think it was published in the late 19th or early 20th century.
posted by sk381
on Dec 1, 2006 -
I'm looking for a children's book, but I have forgotten most of the salient details, including the title and author. It involved the meanderings of a worm. Each page had a sentence that included a word that was being taught to the reader. The only specific vocabulary word from the book I remember is "erudite". The book pages were black or dark with highly stylized illustrations of the worm's adventure. [more inside]
posted by spaltavian
on Nov 28, 2006 -
Any suggestions for cool French-language print media (comics, magazines, etc.) which would be interesting to an enthusiastic 16-year-old American in his third year of studying French in high school? [more inside]
posted by mdonley
on Nov 26, 2006 -
I remember a friend of mine telling me about a short story/novel/novella about a baseball pitcher whose pitched balls disappeared after leaving his hand, only to reappear in a totally different place and kill someone. There's [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Nov 22, 2006 -
I saw a book once on the various types of woods, and included in the book (bound in) were thin samples of each wood so you got to see the wood itself rather than a photo. But I can't recall the name of the book and numerous searches have turned up nothing. FWIW, I saw the book in a bookstore in Berkeley that specializes in architectural/building books. Any ideas of the title and/or source for the book? Thanks.
posted by LeisureGuy
on Nov 18, 2006 -
Name That Book: vague recollection of reading a book in (?) sixth grade or so, in the "Young Adult" category, circa 1976-78. The only detail that I can recall is that there were buttons - of the type that are used on coats - and that at least one of the buttons came to life. I believe the button was in the shape of a person or character. Any ideas?
posted by davidmsc
on Nov 18, 2006 -
About twenty years ago I borrowed a book from a local library.I cannot remember either the exact title or author and the library do not have a record of my borrowings.It was a newly published large/thick coffee table hardback book filled with rather kitsch and brightly coloured religious pictures created by the author.As far as I can recall she was a Eastern European Catholic nun/sister whose name was used in the title.As in 'The Thoughts of Sister X'.It would make an old man very happy if he could track down this obscure volume.
posted by Dr.Pill
on Nov 18, 2006 -
I need helping trying to find a first European edition of a Haruki Murakami book. [more inside]
posted by spec80
on Nov 14, 2006 -
I found out today that starting tomorrow, I'm teaching a kids' book club once a week. I've never done this before. Help! [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket
on Nov 7, 2006 -
Help me identify this book! A friend asked me this, and I quote: "book from the 17th century? about the guy who decided to be a tourist in his own home. he wrote a whole book about how he's exploring his kitchen and livingroom. finding things he'd never seen before. marveling at a cupboard he hasn't opened for a long time. stumbling upon a pretty rock underneath the carpet."
There are no other clues. I told her I had no idea what it was, but now I too am curious and interested in reading it. Apparently, not even the person who recommended it to her could remember the title or the author. Any ideas?
posted by Lush
on Nov 5, 2006 -
Help my roommate locate a certain book about an ancient king who discovers the secret to immortality, lives for hundreds of years, and now owns a fragrance shop in Paris. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul
on Oct 31, 2006 -
How can I scan a book that is precious to me? The book is a couple hundred pages and I just want to produce high-quality pdfs. [more inside]
posted by vacapinta
on Oct 25, 2006 -
I'm trying to find the titles of a couple of books I read as a child, and both happen to be set around Christmas. [more inside]
posted by srah
on Oct 24, 2006 -
I just finished reading Frank Herbert's "Dune", and I am in love with it. Should I continue reading the series and/or see the movie adaptations, or will it ruin my fascination with the original book? [more inside]
posted by sprocket87
on Oct 20, 2006 -
Has Finnegans Wake ever been translated? How?
posted by dead_
on Oct 20, 2006 -
Not so long ago, someone asked this
question about a hypothermia situation in a book. I would like to read said book, but the title isn't mentioned. What is the book?
posted by lazy robot
on Oct 20, 2006 -
Book marketing filter: I'm helping some friends with the release of a humor book. Any great strategies? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican
on Oct 19, 2006 -
I have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo
, but I need help with a plot point involving the U.S. presidential order of succession. [more inside]
posted by ND¢
on Oct 10, 2006 -
I need help finding a (British?) children's book from the mid 1980's. It was an introduction to colour theory under the guise of a storybook. It had great transparent plastic pages that you could overlay to see the effects of subtractive colour spaces. I don't remember what the story was about, but there were lots of balloons. [more inside]
posted by krunk
on Oct 5, 2006 -
What children's book had one of the main characters, a boy, collect his spit in a bottle? It seems to me that at some point he tripped on the stairs and broke the bottle. I remember being utterly grossed out by this. I seem to recall it being a sort of a dramatic book, rather than light.
As a side note, there may have been a bully in the book who was obsessed with airplanes, and possibly a brother and a sister who were obsessed with kingfishers, although it's entirely possible I'm describing three separate books.
posted by Addlepated
on Oct 1, 2006 -
I need suggestions for a good book that covers digital circuit design (specifically practical design using MSI/LSI TTL, PLD's, CMOS, FPGA, etc. [more inside]
posted by beammeup4
on Sep 21, 2006 -
KidsBookFilter: Seriously, this was an awesome book... or, at least, that's the way I remember it! I read it in the mid-70s in the 2nd or 3rd grade probably, so it could have been published in the 60s. It was about the ghost of a cat (or the 9 lives of a cat?) that followed it's human family through several generations. That's all I can remember. That and it was an awesome book! So, no, there's not any [more inside]
posted by catcatwomanman
on Sep 20, 2006 -
Please help me select a book as a present for my nephew. He's 19, and when I gave him a Chapters gift card for his high school graduation last spring, he used it to buy a complete set of Tom Clancy novels. Political espionage/intrigue/adventure has to be the genre I know the least about. If my nephew likes Tom Clancy's and Frederick Forsythe's works, what other books in the same genre would he enjoy?
posted by orange swan
on Sep 17, 2006 -
How do I properly scan a page out of a hardcover book on a flatbed scanner? [more inside]
posted by qbxk
on Sep 14, 2006 -
Children's book search: Old woman lives on a house on hill with animals and it rains for weeks? [more inside]
posted by sulaine
on Sep 12, 2006 -
BookFilter: My wife is thinking of a book she read in her childhood. Would like some finding it online to purchase or otherwise. [more inside]
posted by killThisKid
on Aug 28, 2006 -
I'm looking for more great non-fiction books. Requirements: writing to make an English major swoon; a thesis or narrative structure that makes for an organized, logical flow; well-reported; interesting; true, with embellishments of known fact made known by the author. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak
on Aug 22, 2006 -
I have found a ton of information both here and other places about the outline of a NOVEL, but not other types of books.
What would be the general structure of an outline for a book that is:
1/3 case-study/interviews/current applications,
and NOT a novel. Useless information included inside :-)
posted by sandra_s
on Aug 15, 2006 -