By Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko

During this pleasant tale, Julie meets a brand new boy in her local, David, whose father is a huge.

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You had better eat me. ” The bear did not seem to want to eat Odd. It sat down on the ice in front of him, and gestured with its paw. ” said Odd. ” The bear made a rumbling sort of noise in the back of its throat. But it was a gloomy noise, and not a hungry noise, and Odd decided to chance his luck. The day could not get stranger, after all. He clambered onto the bear’s back, holding his crutch with his left hand and clutching the bear’s fur with his right. The bear stood up slowly, making sure the boy was on, then set off at a fast lope through the twilight.

She’s got a carriage pulled by cats, you know. ” He held up the index finger of his right hand. It was covered in scratches and cuts. “She said it was my own fault. That I’d got them overexcited. “She is beautiful,” he said, and sighed. “But she only comes up to the top of my foot. She shouts louder than a giantess when she’s angry. ” “But you can’t go home when you’ve won,” said Odd. “Exactly. You wait here, in this hot, horrible place, for reinforcements who don’t want to come, while the locals hate you…” “So go home,” said Odd.

The games became nasty. The jokes became mean. Fights were to hurt. Which is why, one morning at the end of March—some hours before the sun was up, when the frost was hard and the ground still like iron, while Fat Elfred and his children and Odd’s mother were still asleep—Odd put on his thickest, warmest clothes, stole a side of smoke-blackened salmon from where it hung in the rafters of Fat Elfred’s house and a firepot with a handful of glowing embers from the fire; and he took his father’s second-best axe, which he tied by a leather thong to his belt, and limped out into the woods.

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