Don’t Feed the Bear

It’s Bear vs. Ranger in the funniest food fight ever!  

Mac and cheese, carrot cake, meatball stew: Bear loves when campers leave him grub. The park ranger does not. Smackity smack, Ranger pounds a sign into the ground: DON’T FEED THE BEAR! Upset—no more chewy cookies? No more juicy burgers?—Bear quickly crosses out the “DON’T.” Now, it’s war in the park! But when both Bear and Ranger end up losing out, will the two antagonists finally call a truce?

Autographed copies are available at:

South Shore Arts Gift Shop
1040 Ridge Road
Munster, IN 46321
(219) 836-7418

If you’d like a personalized copy, please call South Shore Arts Gift Shop and spell the recipient’s name. After I sign the book, the gift shop will mail it. 

About the Author

Kathleen Doherty is a Reading Specialist and an Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction. She’s written standardized test items for Pearson, Inc. in alignment with the Common Core Standards. She’s also won the Highlights Pewter Plate Award, the Highlights Celebrate National Poetry Contest, and a letter of merit from SCBWI’s Magazine Merit Competition.

Kathleen donates her author earnings to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

About the Illustrator

Chip Wass is an award-winning artist who designs characters and illustrations for Disney, Cartoon Network, The New York Times, ESPN, and Wendy’s. His previous books include Monster Knows Patterns, and Monster Knows Numbers (Picture Window Books). Learn more about chip at


“…In her debut, Doherty tells an amusing story with good sound effects (“SMACKITY! SMACK! WHOMP!”) and vivid, compressed sentences perfect for reading aloud. Children will certainly appreciate the characters’ love of treats. Wass’ (Monster Knows Shapes, 2014, etc.) stylish, retro-feeling illustrations hilariously capture action and character, such as Bear’s angry yet lovable stomping…Delightfully funny, with much verve and style—but please don’t feed the bears.”—featured on Kirkus Reviews’ recommended list.

“I love this book! It has so many clues for young readers (and pre-readers) to follow. The illustrations tell at least half of the story (the hallmark of a great picture book) and give young readers plenty of ways to get involved with the story. The author’s rollicking text is brief enough to keep the squirmiest of kids listening. Fun characters (love the female ranger) and a solid lesson on the benefits of working together. A great book to get kids excited abut summer adventures in the great outdoors, but be sure to have the makings of s’mores available before you read. Kids will be sure to ask for them!” — Kim T. Griswell