Horrible Bear! (Ame Dyckman)

Hello, friends! Today, we read Horrible Bear!, written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora, a charming story about what can happen when we lash out in anger.

A little girl’s kite flies into a bear’s cave while he sleeps, but when the girl tries to retrieve it, he unknowingly rolls onto it and snaps it! Upset over her broken toy, the girl wakes him with, “HORRIBLE BEAR!” and storms out and all the way home. Puzzled and offended, the bear storms out too, intending to wake her from sleep with yelling and general horribleness. But when he arrives, what he finds just might change his mind.

This was a very cute story about the dangers of being quick to anger or judgement without considering things from all points of view (which is, frankly, a lesson the whole world could use these days). The conflict between Bear and the little girl is very relatable for parents and children, and has a wonderfully sweet resolution. The adorable illustrations are packed with fun details and lots of charm, and even an Easter egg or two for fans of Dyckman and OHora’s previous collaboration, Wolfie The Bunny. The length is perfect, and JJ loved it, so this one is very much Baby Bookworm approved!

Wolfie The Bunny (Ame Dyckman)

Hello, everybody! Today, we read Wolfie The Bunny, written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora. This adorable book tells the story of a little bunny and her very unusual little brother.

One day, the Bunny family comes home to find a bundle on their doorstep: a baby wolf! Mama and Papa bunny are delighted, but Dot is aghast: “He’ll eat us all up!” she exclaims. Still Mama and Papa Bunny care for Wolfie, under the untrusting eye of Dot, until one day when the two are at the grocery store and a big bear comes and threatens Wolfie. Dot bravely stands up for her little brother, and realizes that she cares for him more than she first thought, and decides that maybe having a little wolf for a brother isn’t so bad.

This book was indescribably cute! The story is sweet, full of unique voices and lots of fun to read, and the lessons it imparts are great for young readers: don’t judge someone by their appearance, stand up to bullies, and give your new little sibling a chance because you might grow to love them. The illustrations are great, and the length is great for baby bookworms. We both really enjoyed this one! Baby Bookworm approved!

Boy + Bot (Ame Dyckman)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Boy + Bot, written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, an adorable story about two very different friends.

One day, Boy is playing when he meets Bot. Boy and Bot get along wonderfully, and spend the whole day playing until Bot’s power switch is accidentally flipped and he powers down. Worried about his unresponsive friend, Boy takes him home and cares for him, feeding him and reading him a story. Later that night, Bot is turned back on and finds Boy sleeping. Worried about his unresponsive friend, he takes Boy home and cares for him by oiling him and reading him a manual. Eventually, the friends are returned to their proper homes, but they still play every day, knowing that their differences could never get in the way of true friendship!

This book was so cute! The misunderstandings of the two friends and their different, yet similar, ways of trying to take care of each other are precious. The illustrations are sweet, simple and colorful, and the length is just perfect for baby bookworms. We loved this one!