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!