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Description - The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

In the Jingle Jangle Jungle on a wet and windy day,
Four little friends found a cosy place to play.
Moose had marvellous antlers, and Lion, a golden mane.
Zebra had fantastic stripes and Sheep . . . well, Sheep was plain.
When four friends encounter a cranky bear, Moose, Lion and Zebra all think they know how to cheer him up. But it is plain, boring Sheep who has the answer!

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781741691344
ISBN-10: 1741691346
Format: Hardback
(258mm x 248mm x 8mm)
Pages: 24
Imprint: Scholastic Australia
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: Australia

Book Reviews - The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

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Book Review: The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland - Reviewed by (18 Feb 2013)

With kids books the cover is the most important aspect of the book, it will draw the child into read it. The Very Cranky Bear has a very striking cover which sets the scene for the books.

Three friends, Zebra, Moose and Sheep look for shelter and a place to place on one rainy day, They seek shelter in a cave, however this cave is inhabited by a Very Cranky Bear, Each of the friends try and cheer him up with some very funny results.

The illustrations are nicely done, colorful and cartoon like which the young reader will enjoy.

Book Review: The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland - Reviewed by (13 Jan 2010)

Just 24 (full-sized) pages long but with big, bold illustrations, this book has an arresting cover image of the bear staring grumpily straight into the viewer’s eyes. Bland, illustrator of Aussie Jingle Bells, patterns this story like a folk tale, with a cast of four friends who are playing in a cave on a rainy day. Each of the four assorted animals has some interesting characteristic, except for Sheep who is ‘plain’. So it can be predicted that Sheep will save the day. The animals are presented in an art style reminiscent of cheerful wooden-and-plastic toys. This style, and the fact that their play is with a deck of cards, will appeal to some adult buyers. The doggerel verse romps along to a pleasant conclusion. The bear emerges frighteningly from the cave (shades of Rosen/ Oxenbury’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt) and is not placated with the gifts of antlers, stripes and mane, but really appreciates what Sheep offers to help him get to sleep. Not a subtle book, but the energy and scale will entertain some three to six-year-olds, and the price point is certainly attractive.

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