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The Very Cranky Bear : Cranky Bear

The Very Cranky Bear

Cranky Bear

Paperback Published: 1st May 2011
ISBN: 9781741699920
Number Of Pages: 24
For Ages: 3 - 6 years old

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In the Jingle Jangle Jungle on a cold and rainy day, four little friends found a perfect 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.

Vibrant illustrations and a fun, engaging story make this book perfect for reading aloud. The sequel, The Very Itchy Bear, was published in August 2010.

About the Author

Nick Bland was born in the Yarra Valley of Australia, in 1973. He was the son of an artist and a primary school teacher, and spent his early years on the farm where his parents lived. At age six, he moved with his family to 'the bush'. He wanted to be a cartoonist and a writer from a very young age. In 1996, he took a job at a book store, and decided to write and illustrate children's books. His first book, A Monster Wrote Me a Letter was published in Australia in 2005. He currently lives in Darwin, Australia and works full time as an author illustrator.

The kids love it!


A lovely book, giving enough humour to engage, however, also giving a lovely message in friendship and the importance of individuals.

Orange, NSW




My children love this book



Great kids book


A fabulous kids book. My two year old loves this story and we have read it many times! Very well written and beautiful illustrations. Highly recommend.



Great Stuff


Great book. One you will read again and again, to yourself and to the little ones in your life.

Perth, WA


Hilaroius, very very funny book.


Most nights before bed for my 3 year old. He loves it

Gold Coast


A fun read for child AND adult


The zany solutions that the animals come up with to 'uncranky' the bear are funny and entertaining.

Sydney AU


The Very Cranky Bear

4.8 6


ISBN: 9781741699920
ISBN-10: 1741699924
Series: Cranky Bear
Audience: Children
For Ages: 3 - 6 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 24
Published: 1st May 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 24.0  x 0.4
Weight (kg): 0.13

Nick Bland

About the Author

Nick Bland was born on a farm in the Australian Yarra Valley in 1973. The son of an artist and a primary school teacher, he spent his early childhood climbing haystacks and making mischief in his father's studio. When he moved to “the bush” at age 6, he discovered a wonderful new world and his creativity bloomed. Nick always told family and friends he was going to be a cartoonist and a writer. It wasn't until 1996, when he stumbled into a bookshop job, that he finally found the medium that would bring those two loves together. Untrained, he spent the next couple of years reading every picture book that hit the shelves and began honing his style as a storyteller and illustrator. He illustrated several readers before sending A Monster Wrote Me a Letter to Scholastic Australia in 2001. Since then, Nick illustrated I Lost My Kisses and created The Very Cranky Bear. He lives in tropical Darwin, where he works as a guardian for 120 aboriginal boys who board nearby. He loves both of his jobs and hopes to combine them in the near future.

Visit Nick Bland's Booktopia Author Page