The Very Cranky Bear and a Freebie

My choice today for Susanna’s Perfect Picture Book Friday is The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland.

Publisher: Scholastic, 2008
Audience: 3 and up
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Topic: Bears, Hibernation, Humour

Opening Lines:

In the Jingle Jangle Jungle on a cold and rainy day, four little friends found a perfect place to play. Moose had marvelous antlers and Lion, a golden maine. Zebra had fantastic stripes and Sheep . . . well, Sheep was plain.

Summary (from Amazon):

When four friends encounter a cranky bear, they decide they must cheer him up. Moose, Lion and Zebra’s outrageous ideas all backfire, which leaves it up to poor, plain Sheep to deal with this beast, who just wants a quiet place to sleep. Whatever will she do? This rhyming story with hilarious illustrations is guaranteed to entertain its readers and its listeners!

Why I Like This Book:

I love the beautiful brightly coloured illustrations and the bouncy rhythm and rhymes. This book appeals to a young child’s sense of humour with it’s wacky card-playing animals and their silly plan to cheer up Cranky Bear.


1. He’s back!!! But this time the Cranky Bear is itchy. I haven’t read this one yet, but I’m sure it’s just as good as its prequel.

2. There’s lots of good info and photos of  brown bears at Sciencing.

3. I have some brown bear art projects on this page and here, too.

4. And finally, here’s a little freebie for you.

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17 thoughts on “The Very Cranky Bear and a Freebie”

  1. I have a love/hate relationship with your picture book posts….lol.. I LOVE learning about new books…but I HATE how I need to immediately buy them! lol

  2. I also love bears almost as much as I love dogs and wolves, and this book sounds like such a fun one! I also happen to have a soft spot for sheep – especially ones that want to sleep 🙂 I can't wait to read this one. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. I love books with Rhythm!! I don't know about a cranky bear! But this guy looks pretty funny and if a silly sheep can deal with him, this book must be a fun one! I'll have to check it out!

  4. My response to this is the same as Jen's. I truly love your posts… but although I do not need anymore books, you always find a way to turn my want into a necessity. This book looks fabulous! Another one in my cart!


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