When Addis Berner Bear arrives in the city, it's so big and confusing and so loud and fast, that he forgets why he has come. Gradually, Addis gets to know the city: some things make his fur bristle, and some make his heart leap, but he still cannot remember why he is there. Then something terrible happens ...and something amazing! And they combine to reveal the very tuneful truth about Addis Berner Bear.
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(265mm x 221mm x 4mm)
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
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Addis Berner Bear, a brown bear, arrives in a large, nameless city amidst the chaos of swirling snow, speeding cars and rushing holiday shoppers. Totally overwhelmed by the city's dizzying pace, Addis forgets why he has come and finds himself wandering aimlessly through the city streets searching for purpose. A sharp eye will pick out pictorial clues alluding to that purpose embedded in exquisite full-page illustrations that hint at the silent story: that Addis has forgotten or lost his passion to be the world's best trumpet-playing bear - a message that younger readers may need some help with. Created in light, loose watercolors, these illustrations project Addis's heavy sadness, which is lifted with the help of a few unlikely friends, the coming of spring and the triumphant rediscovery of his talent. Written in spare rhythmic language, the text lends itself to being read aloud; however, a close inspection of the illustrations is absolutely necessary for full understanding and enjoyment of this subtle, lovely tale. (Picture book. 4-6) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Joel Stewart
Joel Stewart was brought up in a commune in the wilds of Yorkshire. From an early age he was knocked sideways by stories, and invariably lay on the floor drawing pictures to recover. Later, in the year 2000, he graduated with a first class degree in Illustration from Falmouth College of Art. Ever since graduating (and slightly before) he has been writing and drawing for a living, and has recently moved into animation design and directing for television (while not forgetting books!). He also plays a variety of musical instruments and lives with them and some fish in London.