Horrible Bear!


By Ame Dyckman

Illustrated by Zachariah OHora

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The New York Times-bestselling duo behind Wolfie the Bunny presents a hilarious read-aloud about accidents, outbursts, manners…and the power of saying “I’m sorry.”

Bear didn’t mean to break a little girl’s kite, but she’s upset anyway–upset enough to shout “HORRIBLE BEAR!” Bear can’t believe it. He’s not horrible! But now he’s upset, too–upset enough to come up with a truly Horrible Bear idea. In this charming but goofy picture book, readers will learn all about tempers, forgiveness, and friendship as Bear prepares to live up to his formerly undeserved reputation while the little girl realizes that maybe–just maybe–Bear isn’t as horrible as she thought.


  • Praise for Horrible Bear!: A 2020 Book to Treasure
    "As fun as a theme park ride... Dyckman and OHora specialize in full-spectrum emotion and offbeat charm."

    New York Times Book Reveiw
  • *"Molly Bang's Sophie finally has a worthy shelf-mate for absolutely spot-on characterizations of mood. VERDICT: Highly recommended for picture book collections."
    School Library Journal, Starred Review
  • *"A perfectly over-the-top look at tantrums, friendship, and forgiveness that is sure to resonate with preschoolers and parents alike."
    Booklist, Starred Review
  • *"OHora works his goofy magic everywhere."
    Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
  • "Dyckman and OHora's lively conflict-resolution-in-picture-book's-clothing is as entertaining as it is instructive". 
    The Horn Book
  • "A charmingly loud and lighthearted friendship story."
    Kirkus Reviews
  • "Every element of the book - right down to the endpapers and boards - contributes meaning and whimsy to the story."
  • "A picture-book exploration of temper and forgiveness made vivid by Zachariah OHora's fun, noisy illustrations."
    The Wall Street Journal
  • "Absolutely beautiful!"
    The Globe and Mail
  • "Author Dyckman has a knack for combining humor with emotional truths, and illustrator OHora delivers a charming spitfire of a character with a mess of red curls as unruly as her emotions."
    Common Sense Media

On Sale
Apr 5, 2016
Page Count
40 pages

Ame Dyckman

About the Author

Ame Dyckman is the award-winning author of Wolfie the Bunny (illustrated by Zachariah OHora), Boy + Bot and Tea Party Rules, and loves writing for children so she doesn’t have to grow up. Ame lives in New Jersey with her family, pets, and hair bow collection.

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Zachariah OHora

About the Illustrator

Zachariah OHora is the illustrator of a number of children’s books, including Wolfie the Bunny (written by Ame Dyckman) . His author-illustrator debut Stop Snoring, Bernard! was awarded the Society of Illustrators Founder’s Award, and his book No Fits Nilson! was the Huffington Post Best Picture Book of the Year for 2013. He lives and works in Narberth, PA.

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