Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 19, 2016

Ame Dyckman – Horrible Bear – Giveaway

The Winner of Amy Dyckman’s HORRIBLE BEAR is Teresa Robeson – Congratulations! Please send me your address, so it can be put in the mailed.

Ame Dyckman has agreed to offer her new book, HORRIBLE BEAR, to one lucky winner. All you have to do is leave a comment to get in the running. Reblog, or tweet, or talk about it on facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you before drawing the winners on May 3rd .

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Book Description:

The New York Times-bestselling duo behind Wolfie the Bunny presents a hilarious new book 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 is indignant. He doesn’t think he’s horrible! Then Bear gets a truly Horrible Bear idea. What will he do next? As Bear prepares to live up to his formerly undeserved reputation, the girl makes a mistake of her own, and realizes that maybe–just maybe–Bear isn’t as horrible as she had thought.

Don’t miss Horrible Bear’s new video below:

The Journey:

THE SECRET BACKSTORY about my new picture book with (the BRILLIANT!) Zachariah OHora, HORRIBLE BEAR!

FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME IN PRINT (I think. Unless I sleep-Tweeted!), I’ll expand on our little blurb-in-the-back-of-the-book and give THE SCOOP on my REAL-LIFE inspiration for HORRIBLE BEAR!

Back in the day, I had… a SHARK! A brand-spankin’ new KICK-BOOTY black shark kite for our small town’s Kite Day Festival. In my mind, I could see my shark DIVEBOMBING through the sky, pectoral fins spread wide, its HUGE white teeth striking FEAR into the hearts of the little pastel kites below!

But what REALLY happened was…

About 2.3 seconds after my shark launched into the air—


KITE-STRING FAILURE! My brand-spankin’ new KICK-BOOTY black shark kite SAILED AWAY!

We (me and at-the-time Boyfriend Guy) gave chase. For blocks. And blocks. And BLOCKS! But it was no use. My KICK-BOOTY (did I mention it was KICK-BOOTY?) shark kite went further and higher.

Then it was GONE.

And yes, we DID live in an area with bear caves. So… IT’S POSSIBLE!

Luckily, my AMAZING team at Little, Brown thought my idea of what COULD have happened next was possible, too!





Ame Dyckman reads and writes when she SHOULD be sleeping. She’s the award-winning author with the little blue-hair (sometimes green! OOPS!) of BOY + BOT with Dan Yaccarino, TEA PARTY RULES with K.G. Campbell, WOLFIE THE BUNNY and the new HORRIBLE BEAR! with Zachariah OHora, the upcoming YOU DON’T WANT A UNICORN! with Liz Climo, and many more picture and board books in the works! Follow Ame on Twitter (@AmeDyckman), where she Tweets picture book reviews, goofy poetry, tales of Husband Guy (yeah, the one who chased the kite!) and The Kid and The Cat, and pretty much everything that pops in her head.

CONGRATULATIONS AME! Your books keep getting better and that’s saying something.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Love the backstory Ame! We once bought a kick booty shark kite & it dive bombed straight into the ocean. Now it’s swimming w the sharks! Your little red head is a wonderful character. Thanks for bringing her and Horrible Bear into the world! (I shared HB on FB & Twitter @chanastiefel)


  2. Sounds like a fun book! Looking forward to reading it.


  3. Enjoyed reading the real life inspiration…now looking forward to reading your latest book!


  4. The cover is adorable!


  5. Another wonderful book from Ame! Woot! You are right, Kathy, about getting better and better.


  6. We are big fans of your unique brand of magic, Ame! Wishing you all the best! And thanks Kathy, for all you do for Kidlit!


  7. Thank you for the smiles and some inspiration!


  8. oh – so this is a story! Can’t wait to read it – I love Ame’s books!


  9. Love it!!!!


  10. Yay!


  11. Such a fun idea!


  12. Thanks for sharing the backstory! I can’t wait to read the book. 🙂


  13. Another winner from one of my favorite PB authors! Congrats Ame! I tweeted and shared on FB.


  14. Love kite stories……….they almost never go where we want them to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  15. I love the idea! So much misery could be avoided if folks didn’t jump to conclusions, and didn’t start calling others nasty names!


  16. Love this story and can’t wait to read this new book!


  17. When we go hiking in the woods of the Pac NW (or in the backyard of my cousin’s MIL’s house even), we have to watch out for Horrible Bear antics which are not as fun or funny as Ame’s story, I’m sure. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!


  18. Love how a real life event led to this book, Ame. Can’t wait to get my hands on it! Thanks for the interview, Kathy!


  19. Just shared on FB and Twitter. Would enjoy winning this for one of my grandkids!


  20. Love the post Kathy. Same has the most wonderful sense of humor. Sometimes true life events make better stories.

    Thanks for the give away. Can’t wait to read it.


  21. I just read this book to my youngest the other day — very funny! Thanks for sharing your back story! It reminds me of a kite story of my own. If I have time, maybe I’ll share it with you in the Poconos. I’m looking forward to your workshop as well as Zachariah’s!


  22. Can’t wait to read it, thanks for sharing your story.


  23. Boy + Bot is one of my favorites. And Ame’s enthusiasm is contagious! Can’t wait to read this one!


  24. Love this book nd back story! Just one more Ame Dyckman book to add to the library!


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