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Horrible Bear

horrible bearHorrible Bear!

By Ame Dyckman

Illustrated by Zachariah OHora

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Humor: General, Personal Development: Conflict Resolution, Personal Development: Manners

Grades: PreK-1st


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The New York Times-bestselling duo behind Wolfie the Bunny presents a hilarious new book about accidents, outbursts, manners…and the power of saying “I’m sorry.”


Bear didn’t mean to break a little girl’s kite, but she’s upset anyway–upset enough to shout “HORRIBLE BEAR!” Bear is indignant. He doesn’t think he’s horrible! Then Bear gets a truly Horrible Bear idea. What will he do next? As Bear prepares to live up to his formerly undeserved reputation, the girl makes a mistake of her own, and realizes that maybe—just maybe—Bear isn’t as horrible as she had thought.



★ “The creators of Wolfie the Bunny explore the common childhood experiences of accidents and misunderstandings with sensitivity and humor. Like many preschoolers, the little girl explodes in an instant when her kite gets broken, but she also calms herself quickly once she understands Bear’s perspective. OHora makes good use of bright acrylics, boldly styled characters, and limited backgrounds to keep young listeners focused on the story…  A perfectly over-the-top look at tantrums, friendship, and forgiveness that is sure to resonate with preschoolers and parents alike.” — Booklist


★ “With wit and tenderness, Dyckman and OHora, the duo behind Wolfie the Bunny, introduce two creatures who are absolutely furious with each other…  OHora works his goofy magic everywhere, observing the way anger causes ridiculous mishaps (the bear stomps through the girl’s laundry and arrives festooned with clothespins) and affects innocent bystanders (a puzzled, picnicking goat). Dyckman and OHora portray genuine forgiveness without a hint of moralizing.” — Publishers Weekly


★ “In the mind of a child, mistakes are often misinterpreted as malfeasance, and the resultant anger can be contagious. Dyckman writes a simple story about just such a mistake…  Molly Bang’s Sophie finally has a worthy shelf-mate for absolutely spot-on characterizations of mood.” — School Library Journal