The Very Cranky Bear (Box Set) by Nick BlandThe Very Cranky Bear (Box Set) by Nick Bland

The Very Cranky Bear (Box Set)

byNick BlandIllustratorNick Bland

Book & Toy | November 1, 2011

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This sweet gift set will bring a smile to even the crankiest faces!

A wonderful treat for the holiday season - a little box set for our littlest readers. Includes a mini hardcover version of The Very Cranky Bear and a cranky bear toy.

NICK BLAND always told family and friends he was going to be a cartoonist and a writer, and he began his career in children's literature to bring those two loves together. He is the illustrator of I Lost My Kisses and the author of The Wrong Book, The Very Itchy Bear, and A Monster Wrote Me a Letter. He lives in Darwin, Australia where...
Title:The Very Cranky Bear (Box Set)Format:Book & ToyProduct dimensions:30 pages, 9.58 × 7.89 × 3.08 inShipping dimensions:9.58 × 7.89 × 3.08 inPublished:November 1, 2011Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1741698146

ISBN - 13:9781741698145

Appropriate for ages: 3


Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will read this a hundred times My daughter absolutely loves this. She is three. It's cute and funny, with a message about what it means to be a thoughtful friend. Check out @ReadWithRiver on Instagram for more great book recommendations.
Date published: 2019-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! Great for toddlers and adults will get a kick out of it, too! Definitely would recommend.
Date published: 2019-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My 5 month old favorite book My 5 month old just loves this book! Easy and quick to read and very funny! Also, he loves the drawings!
Date published: 2018-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Favourite In Our House Our kids can't get enough of this! Not only is it a favourite on account of the rhyming scheme, but the cute message reminding us to be thoughtful of others. Love it!
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My son loves this book Great rhymes that my 2.5 year old son already repeats when we read this! Very nice story overall.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cute book we love this short little tale of the fur friends. awesome rhymes and great illustration.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story! A lovely tale told in a fun way; teaches empathy and compassion, lessons about giving to others when needed most.
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Favourite We love reading about all of the things the animals do to help Bear and we always talk about how kind Sheep is. Love it!
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So cute! I got this book for my toddler but I'm not sure who likes it better, me or him?? The story has a nice rhyme to it and that poor sheep always makes me laugh. The illustrations are awesome! We read this book multiple times a day.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so cute Such a cute book, your heart goes out to the little sheep!
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We loved this book! There are very few books that my son will sit through. This is one of them! We loved it. Looking forward to adding more of the series to our collection.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Personal Favorite In the jingle jangle jungle on a cold and rainy day.......this will be one of those stories that I save for my daughter. Love, love, love it!!
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE We all love this book. Reading this book to our baby at night is such a joy. We have it memorized because of how often we read it. The baby absolutely loves hearing it and looking at the cute pictures. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We've been reading it every day This is a staple in our home library; we've been reading it every day before nap time. Very cute, fun to read and has great illustrations.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of our favourites! By far one of our favourite books to read to our baby! I think he will enjoy it when he's a toddler too.
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read!! This is one of our favourties to read to our little guy!! the pictures are bright and he likes looking at them and the rhyming makes me laugh
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wonderful Pictures and rhymes make it a very enjoyable to read with kids
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book This story is wonderful! You wish you were in the cave on a cold rainy day with the very cranky bear with such fun characters to help you!
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book this is an awesome book. the illustrations, rhymes and story are A+
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Wonderful book, a favourite in our household. We prefer the sound effects and story from the noisy bear though
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very cute A funny and engaging story for readers of all ages. Lovely illustrations as well.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Fun read! Great story with rhymes and lovely illustrations
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My kids can't get enough! My children both love this book! Ages 3.5 and 1.5 and we read it numerous times a day! Huge hit, definitely recommend all the Nick Bland books!
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this author I stumbled on this book looking for something a bit more fun for me to read to my kids and have since ordered a few others from this Author. Entertaining for the kids, holds their attention and so much fun to read.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Popular read My grandson just got a copy of this and it's already one of his favourites. Love the message as well.
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cute Great story and nice to read with the kids. Nice lesson as well.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My son loves this book! This is a favourite of mine. It rhymes and it has a great lesson.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these stories from The Jingle Jangle Jungle! My son (he's 20 months old) and I both LOVE this book! The Very Brave Bear, The Very Noisy Bear...they're all great books but, The Very Cranky Bear is definitely at the top of the list! Great illustrations too!
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story and rhymes I love this book. It's so cute, so easy to memorize, and so fun to read. We keep it in the car, because my kids still love it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The very cranky bear I absolutely loved this book! Amazing book for a kid. I love rhyming books - and this one does not disappoint
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book We have the board book version and its been read so much its falling apart. One of our favourites! Daddy reads it so well both kids giggle and laugh. We now like to gift a copy to our little friends.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best board book! My kiddo loved this book. It has a sweet story line and a bit of a moral to it at the end. Thoughtful.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute Cute and entertaining. Love the ending.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute Cute and entertaining. Love the graphics.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute for the little ones Love the book even for myself...its a cute read
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Fun and entertaining for the whole family
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute Cute book with great graphics.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story, Great Graphics Love this book! Easy and fun to read with a good rhythm to the rhymes. The graphics are simple, colourful, and depict the characters well. It's especially fun when you get into character for the different animals.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have I loved this book so much it is now a must have in every baby shower gift I give and everyone has agreed that this is such a great short book for bedtime reads!
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have for Baby's first library Such a cute story! I really like it
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story with a wonderful message We love the rhyming sentences in this story, and the thoughtfulness of the sheep is such a good message for children. It's also a nice, short story, for when kids ask for "Just one more story before bed"!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious story This is a funny story that we can all relate too. Kids just love it
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our favourite silly book! My oldest picked this book out for her little brother when he was born and it became a family favourite! We have the silly voices down pat, and every time we read it they just love it. We've given it to several people as part of a baby gift because my kids all loved it so much.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book Great for kids, a great read.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #plumreview My daughter received this book as a gift and loves it. Great book to read aloud to little ones...get ready for lots of roaring and giggles!
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My kids favorite Beautifully written, a must have for all.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cranky Bear Great toddler book to read together! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's alright This book was ok. Rhymes were entertaining at times and the Illustrations were fun but the story ended abruptly.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This is my sons favourite book! we read and re-read every night before bed
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story! The toddlers love this book and I love reading it over and over to them! Definitely a must have for any book collection. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Book A very fun book to read, plus the illustrations are bright and eye catching. It also teaches a very good lesson. I love reading it as much as my son likes hearing the story.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a fun read! Very cute illustrations and sweet story, many parts made us laugh out loud. Rhymes are always great to keep the kids' attention! The board book is a bit small, but it's still great.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read Love everything about this book! The story is fun and meaningful, the characters are so cute and who doesn't love to ROARR!!!?
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A daily favourite! I have this book memorized and my son and daughter still enjoy it every time! A must purchase in hardcover so it doesn't get too beat up when you read it 30 times a month!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Favourite!! Our toddlers absolutely love the story and it's a fun, sweet read for us too! Rare to find a book we don't mind reading again and again and still enjoy!
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS BOOK The rhymes are cute, the message is great and the illustrations are funny. Love these books.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland What a delightful little book, great colourful pictures with lovely characters, who has friends try to solve the puzzle of the Cranky Bear. Another Australian picture book that's made it to Canadian shores, yay! This is a really delightful tale of four friends, Zebra, Moose, Lion and Sheep, who escape the rain by taking shelter in a cave and playing a card game to wile away the time, until their entrance awakens a very cranky bear who shoes them back out into the cold and wet jungle It rhymes, and it reads well!
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE!! Our whole family loves this book. It has a great rhyming rhythm which makes it enjoyable to kids and fun to read as an adult. It also has a great message about really thinking about the needs of others. I would give this book 6 stars if I could!
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from daughter loves these books! My daughter loves these books so much, we read them every night. The Very Brave Bear, The Very Cranky Bear, The Very Noisy Bear - all so much fun
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great companion the little angry bear is a cute addition to the book
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and "inspirational" I bought this book because that bear, reminds me of myself. Well, reading the book i have realized that I wasn't so far from that even thought kids liked the story. I have to do some serious thinking about my attitudes. ☺
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! Love! Love! My daughter (& I) LOVE this book!! It's creative!! It's attraction through rhyme & humour has made this one of our favourite books. My daughter finishes many of the sentences as I am reading it to her, AND she will often 'read' it herself based on memory. Highly Recommend!!
Date published: 2016-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best baby book ever! We were given this book as a shower gift and we read it every day (sometimes 3x a day) to our 4 month old. He recognizes the cover of the book and when we say "in the jingle jangle jungle" his face lights up and he smiles. We have even memorized the book and recite it to him when he gets impatient in public. Thank you Mr. Bland! We are looking forward to reading your other books.
Date published: 2016-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful rhyming book This book happens in the Jingle Jangle jungle............ and from that point on both my kids are hooked. Great book. Wonderful pictures and lovely ending! We have bought for many friends and family.
Date published: 2015-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Nightly Read My little one request this story every night. Not a long read, just right :)
Date published: 2015-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! This book has a great story. My son and I enjoy reading it together before bed. It's very catchy and has great illustration. We give it 5 stars.
Date published: 2013-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Daughters Favorite So Far My 3 year old daughter has asked me to read this every night since I got it. She has now pretty much memorized it and reads it to me.
Date published: 2013-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic My 3 year old son took it for show & tell @ daycare. Everyone loved it. The teachers thanked us for bringing in such a great book.
Date published: 2012-08-14
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute, Sweet, and Funny We really enjoy reading this to our daughter. The writing and illustrations are very well done - amusing and entertaining. A great addition to a child's library.
Date published: 2012-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable - go buy Jake's Review: I liked this picture book, it was really funny and easy to read. I think little kids like my brother would like this book since the pictures are colorful and goofy. The rhyme sounds really good when you read it aloud and I'm sure mom would say the story has a good moral to it (parent's love that moral stuff) The book is also really strong so even my brother wouldn't be able to destroy it when he throws it across the room (Oh no mom's going to cry again when she reads this -- the midget doesn't like books) Jake's Rating: 9/10 Mom's Review: OMG, I just adored this board book. The illustrations are worth the price of the book alone and will appeal to kids of all ages (and yes that includes overgrown kids like me). The rhyme flows nicely and would be a great story for reading aloud or for older kids to develop their language skills. The expressions on the animals are priceless and will make you giggle and smile. Story also has a nice message and its done in a non schmaltzy in your face way that kids will enjoy. You must go out and snag yourself a copy of this, you will not be disappointed. I'm still giggling over the picture of the bear dressed up like a lion. Mom's Rating: 10/10
Date published: 2012-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This is a wonderful and joyful illustrated book by Nick Bland. The story is warm but funny. We talk it over and over after reading it and my kids love the animals. We highly recommend it for yourself but it makes also a great gift. (ages 2 - 5)
Date published: 2010-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grrrreat This is a great picture book for children. It is the story of four friends trying to get out from the rain and the cold. Unfortunately they take refuge in a Bear's cave. Bear is not happy that they have invaded his home. Lion, Zebra and Moose try to make bear happy by making him like them; Sheep on the other hand gives of himself. It is a fun read and wonderfully illustrated by Australian author and illustrator Nick Bland. It has made me want to track down his other stories, and the books he has illustrated for other authors.
Date published: 2008-12-12

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Very Cranky Bear:

"Bland's silly jungle tale, published in his native Australia in 2008, will have young listeners giggling, particularly once Bear's all dolled up. Older listeners might wonder why the other animals are so pudgy and cute compared to Bear (especially Lion). Good, not-so-cranky fun." -Kirkus Reviews