Tuesday 15 May 2012

The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

Everything about this picture book works for me.

I love the illustrations, the rhyme, the characters and the story itself!

Four friends (a zebra, moose, lion and sheep) find a cave to shelter in from the storm...until they disturb a very cranky bear.

They decide to cheer up the bear by thinking about the things that make them feel good.

The results are hilarious...although the cranky bear doesn't find it quite so amusing!

It's wonderful to read aloud with plenty of gentle frights and laughter.

This book will become a storytime regular. Highly recommended for 3+ audiences.


  1. I saw this cover, and it made me laugh! The expression on this bear's face is priceless! I reckon my son would like this... I think it will be one for us to review to if I can find it at our local library. Very intrigued!

  2. I actually wasn't so keen on this book when I did it for Simultaneous Storytime. I just felt that it didn't hit the mark or that the story wasn't taken quite far enough (if that makes any sense to you). I really loved another book of his - The Wrong Book - you should have a look if you get the chance.

    Though I will agree with you that the illustration of that bear is fantastic. I asked my Storytime kids if it reminded them of their mum or dad, got a few laughs from the parents.


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