Author(s): Nick Bland
The Very Cranky Bear has an itch to scratch! The first time we met Bear, his cave was invaded by four playful animals, and this made him cranky. In The Very Itchy Bear there is just one creature bothering him -- a persistent flea -- and it's it's making him very itchy! Bear runs over land and sea to escape the affections of this energetic insect, but Flea won't won't let him go -- he just wants to keep saying hello! . When Bear does successfully get rid of Flea, he finds that he . . . misses him? A beautiful and improbable new friendship is born!
Nick Bland always told family and friends he was going to be a cartoonist and a writer. It wasn't until 1996, when he stumbled into a bookshop job, that he finally found the medium that would bring those two loves together. Untrained, he spent the next couple of years reading every picture book that hit the shelves and began honing his style as a storyteller and illustrator. He illustrated several readers before sending 'A Monster Wrote Me a Letter' to Scholastic Australia in 2001.