Hands Off My Honey! Author: Jane Chapman Illustrator: Tim Warnes
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Format: Picture Books

Age Range: 3-7 years

Publication Date: March 2013

BISAC: JUV002030

Pages: 32

Book Format Detail: Hardcover

Retail Price: $12.95

ISBN-13: 9781589251427

ISBN-10: 158925-142-3

Dimensions: 10-1/2" x 11-1/4" x 3/8"

Bear has a great big jar of delicious honey. And he won’t share with anyone! But Mouse, Mole, and the Rabbit Brothers are hungry. With a jump, leap, and a roll, they set out across the forest. Can they make it to the honey without that scary bear seeing them? And when they do, they’ll all laugh together and then start their own favorite game over again that stars Bear entitled: Big Scary Bear!

Lexile: AD490

November 1, 2013, Horn Book Guide 

A terrifying bear stomps and roars and hoards all his yummy honey, not sharing with the other forest animals. But in a surprising twist, it's just Bear playing his favorite game: "Big Scary Bear." Convincingly in on the farce and adding to satisfaction of the revelation are the soft illustrations of endearing animal characters initially shivering in fear before laughing it off. smg. 24pg. 

Charles J.

Excellent and well written. I enjoy reading this to my grand daughter, and she in turn knows the story by heart. Whenever I come to visit, I get to read it to her just before nap time.


This is one of my all time favorites. The twist at the end is a hilarious and fun surprise.


Loved, loved, loved this book. In addition to the fabulous artwork by Tim Wanes, Chapman has created a superb story with a surprise ending. I honestly didn’t see it coming. At first I thought this book would be a message-driven story teaching children how to share, but that’s not what this book is about at all. It’s about friendship and fun. I won’t spoil the surprise for you, but it’s a great one. Many of the action words are bolded so they stand out, just like some of what Bear says is printed in a larger, bolder font to give the impression of him speaking loud. He is, after, all, a Scary Bear.

Kids will want to read this one time and again. Highly recommended.