The Very Cranky Bear Stories | Scholastic Canada

Our Books

The Very Cranky Bear Stories Read an excerpt Available in French

The Very Cranky Bear Stories

By Nick Bland   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443191791 Hardcover
128 Pages | 9.761" x 10.132" | Ages 3 to 8

Five favourite stories from bestselling picture book creator Nick Bland, now all in one volume!

In the Jingle Jangle Jungle

on a cold and rainy day,

four little friends

found a perfect place to play.

This amazing bear-sized collection includes five storytime favourites to read together or alone.


  • The Very Cranky Bear
  • The Very Hungry Bear
  • The Very Itchy Bear
  • The Very Noisy Bear
  • The Very Brave Bear

Raves & reviews:

Praise for The Very Cranky Bear series:

“Thoughtfulness and caring for others are the take-home messages in this simple, rhyming tale.” — Booklist (The Very Cranky Bear)

“Bland’s silly jungle tale . . . will have young listeners giggling, particularly once Bear’s all dolled up.” —Kirkus (The Very Cranky Bear)

“Using a singsong rhyme scheme and a comically bumbling animal cast, Bland (The Runaway Hug) playfully introduces the concepts of consideration and respect . . .” — Publisher’s Weekly (The Very Cranky Bear)

“This is a story that begs to be re-read, and it is satisfying on each read through.” — CM: Canadian Review of Materials (The Very Hungry Bear)

The Very Hungry Bear is a simple and charming story that should create a basis for deeper discussion amongst family, peers and teachers, and most importantly invoke a child to question ‘Why is the polar bear losing his home?’” — Resource Links (The Very Hungry Bear)

“…a visually engaging story… This book will be a delight for children… The Very Itchy Bear teaches children about communicating, learning about other creatures, valuing life and enjoying friendship. Highly Recommended.” — CM: Canadian Review of Materials (The Very Itchy Bear)

“The theme of finally finding a talent after several false tries is comforting for a child and in this case also hilarious!” — Resource Links