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Bear Despair (Enchanted Lion's Stories Without Words)

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Don't ever take a bear's teddy bear, no matter how cute you think it is. If you do, you'll be in for trouble. Big trouble. For a bear whose teddy has been stolen isn't simply heartbroken, but determined to get it back. So determined that he might just gobble up more than honey to do so! However, should he succeed in getting his teddy back, then there just might be a surpri ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Enchanted Lion Books
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Somebody gets mighty cranky when his best friend is stolen.

I LOVED the artwork!



Mike Diakuw
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The more I read this one, the more I like it. The illustrations fall into the deceptively simple category. If you look at the emotion that they display, it's clear that there is a lot of skill involved.

As far as the story is concerned. I was put off at first as a parent. The message wasn't what I wanted it to be. Then I thought about how my children feel when they are wronged. The book captures that perfectly. This book can provide a safe way to explore the complicated feelings that people of a
David Schaafsma
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Silent book with images that speak much about a bear who has his teddy bear taken from him, thrown around, and so on, by various animals. . . which he therefore eats, naturally. It's pretty funny, actually, and maybe about dealing with loss in appropriate ways. I read it a few years ago and though it was just okay, but I might be learning better how to read silent images, because I can't believe I initially didn't dig it!
I am strongly of the opinion that most people take children's books too seriously, and their criticism is particularly unjust when one compares modern offerings to traditional stories. Yes, I was shocked at first by how the bear here deals with his problem, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it shows the anger that a lot of people feel (except they don't act on it: this provokes discussion, people! DISCUSS with your child. Ask them why what bear did is wrong; but why did h ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: requested, f-and-g
I wasn't crazy about this book, mainly because I found it sad. But I appreciate others' reviews and I don't think it's inappropriate for a children's book to be sad - so maybe this will be good to return to with an older (>2 yrs) child
Carol Scrimgeour
Quietly hilarious!
Very short, quirky but with a sense of philosophy and humour. A story of another bear searching for something that was taken from him see I Want My Hat Back, Bear Despair is a wordless picturebook smaller than your average size. Its compactness means that you feel a little closer to the story. Originally written in France, the story tells of a rather ferocious bear (when riled) who wants his teddy back. As he travels to get it back, he encounters a range of animals whose nasty nature and (as the ...more
Dec 19, 2012 rated it liked it
I picked up this book because it was one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 2012. I was intrigued to see their selections and I was quite surprised with some of the books. This didn't have (what I would call) remarkable illustrations, in fact, I didn't appreciate the illustrations. I thought they were very simplistic and childish. I wasn't sure why it was selected for this award out of all the other books published. The story was amusing enough, but it wasn't something I found thoro ...more
Jim Erekson
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So I've been wondering what it would be like to 'read aloud' this book just with prosody. To do non-linguistic noises that offer an impression. (I could probably do that with some images in Snowman, too...)

Oh, man! This one was close to a 5. I'll have to wait and see if I keep coming back to it, or if I buy a copy [yes, ten months later I still think it was the best picture book of the year]. The bear gets so mad! I laughed out loud three or four different times, and then again while I had it o
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the 6th book in a series called Stories Without Words, originally published in France. A bear wakes up to find that his beloved stuffed teddy has been stolen by a wolf. So what does he do? Of course, he gobbles him up. In fact, bear must gobble up a few animals in order to get his bear back. It sounds terrifying, but it is funny. There is a second story going on inside of the bears belly. Trust me, it all works out in the end.
I loved this wordless picture book! It is a bit disturbing and probably not for the smallest kids but older kids will like it. Bear is sleeping soundly with his teddy bear when wolf rudely steals his teddy. Bear is heartbroken and is going to get his Teddy back at all costs...even if that means eating everyone who stands in his way.
It's not nice to take a bear's teddy bear -- and then to tease him about it! He might get VERY angry!

Yet somehow, as angry as he is, it doesn't seem scary . . . and all's well in the end.

Totally loving the Story Without Words series from Enchanted Lion Books.
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Oh, my, this is fun!
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A wordless companion for "I Want My Hat Back."
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, picture-books
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Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Wordless picture book that tells quite the story but just didn't appeal to me.
Kay Ray
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott-award
This book by Gaetan Doremus, is a fantastic book for elementary students. (3rd and under) This book explains exactly what happens if you take a bears teddy bear. Children can relate to this because majority of elementary students still sleep with stuffed animals, and have had at least one story to tell where they might of lost their animal or misplaced it. They would be able to describe their feelings too. The bear got his teddy taken by a fox, lion, and elephant and almost a sea monster until t ...more
Leslie Bardo
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wordless picture book about a bear in the wild who loses his teddy bear to “friends” that are stealing it from him. Because he is a wild bear, he is able to swallow up the perpetrators who took his teddy; they include a fox, a lion, an eagle, and an elephant. The fox originally stole his teddy bear, but each time an animal gets caught with his teddy, they throw it off into distance, leaving him to swallow the animal up and chase after his teddy. His belly gets bigger and bigger as ...more
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Bear Despair is a great little picture book (literally little--it's smaller than your average picture book) with a crosshatch shading style. It's a wordless book, but it's easy enough to tell the story: Bear has a teddy bear that he loves very much. When it's taken away from him, he eats the animal responsible. There are plenty of stories where animals are eaten by animals slightly bigger than them, but this one is funny because Bear eats animals who are quite a bit bigger than him--an elephant, ...more
Eva Kelly
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wordless, children
What a great little book! This is going to sound funny, but, here goes. I enjoyed the book, because I thought is was pretty realistic. What? How can a book about a bear, who's teddy bear is stolen, and his revenge by gobbling up other animals be realistic?

Well, because, don't most of us act like a furious bear when someone does something we don't like? Come on be honest. Are you one of those people who yells at other drivers while driving? Or grumbles and moan in the checkout line when the pers
Lu Benke
This has got to be the noisiest wordless book I've ever "read." I can just hear the howls when bear's teddy is snatched, pitched, dropped, and held out of reach of its owner. I am a fan of fat cat stories and this one is a worthy one. The lion with his delight in being mean is definitely believable. The story within a story of what is going on in the bear's stomach parallels the fat cat story I like to tell. The landscapes as the bear chases after his taunters are strangely inviting. And it seem ...more
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a very unusual wordless picture book with lots of potential for great discussions with young children about feeling angry or upset. The bear eats some of the animals who take his bear and I love that you can actually see them in his stomach, sort of like an x-ray. I think the fact that when someone is actually nice to the bear (the octopus who gives the bear back to him) the bear does something nice too, is very worthy of discussion.

I can see why some find this book disturbing, but the
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it

In reading some else's review, I discovered this book was done in a crosshatch shading style. I had no idea!

Here is what I do know. I totally dug this book. It's another wordless book, but one that I found completely successful. It reminded me quite a bit of the Hat books written by Klassen. I've now become somewhat attuned to this whole "bullying theme" thing in children's books - and, well, a tantrum throwing bear that eats other animals might be considered a bully.

In the end, the bear se
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This somewhat disturbingly illustrated wordless picture book is absolutely amazing. Basically, Bear has his special stuffed animal (who my 2 1/2 year old children named "Purple"). An array of naughty animals steal Purple away from the bear, and he eats them up. In the end, of course, everyone survives and Bear and Purple are reunited.

The illustrations did seem strange for a small child, but my small ones LOVED this book. Really loved it, and they had a lot to say about it, a lot of empathy to o
Alicia Evans
When another forest animal steals bear's teddy, he goes on a rampage to get him back. I didn't really enjoy the story or the illustrations, which looked very scratchy and only added to the themes of violence. I suppose the author could have been trying to convey how a child feels when they surge into a tantrum, but I didn't really think it was reflected well.

For: readers wanting a book about a tantrum, though it's depicted as being okay.

Possible red flags: violence; bullying; eating other anima
Mar 30, 2016 added it
Shelves: edrd-314
After going over this book in class a week ago, I visited a few times. I don't know what it is but I absolutely love this book! The pictures are simple but have great detail at the same time and as I've gone back to analyze them it is amazing what I missed the even second time around! This book has a great lesson, even without having any words to guide. If I were going to be a school teacher or teacher in general I would absolutely recommend this book. Kids pick up on detail and sometimes detail ...more
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

This may be one of the oddest, most peculiar (wordless) picture books I have read in AGES. A bear's beloved teddy bear is stolen from him in the night by a sly fox. The bear wakes up and then eats the fox- with accomanying illustrations that show the fox in the bear's tummy! Then a host of other animals nick the bear's special teddy, with each one of the animals meeting a terrible fate. While in the end everything does work out okay (okay being relative here), it's a wee bit of an uncomfortable,
Jimna Carbone
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Doremus, Gaetan. Bear Despair (2012). It’s a story of a bear who loves his teddy bear. It demonstrates the love that he has for his teddy bear by rescuing him from others who want to take him away. He gives everything and eats anything that get on his way of taking his teddy bear from him. With illustrations that capture the moment of his distress and despair is what makes this story more magnificent. Although it has not yet won any awards, I think it deserves one. Target audience: ages 6 to 9 y ...more
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
A very bizarre wordless tale.

A big green bear loves his pink stuffed bear. A wolf comes along and steals it. At last it seems like the green bear will catch the wolf, but the wolf tosses the pink bear far away instead of giving it back. In a rage, the green bear swallows the wolf. This scenario continues with a lion, eagle eggs, an elephant, and then finally an octopus hands the lovey over. So he vomits up all the mean animals he ate earlier.

Did I saw bizarre? Definitely worth saying again.
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