Author(s): David Litchfield
One day, a bear cub finds something strange and wonderful in the forest. When he touches the keys, they make a horrible noise. Yet he is drawn back again and again. Eventually, he learns to play beautiful sounds, delighting his woodland friends.
Then the bear is invited to share his sounds with new friends in the city. He longs to explore the world beyond his home, and to play bigger and better than before. But he knows that if he leaves, the other bears will be very sad . . .
This gorgeously illustrated tale of following one's dreams reminds us of the value of friendship, wherever we go.
Shortlisted for Waterstones Children's Book Prize: Illustrated Books 2016.
'A beautiful story about enduring friendship, accompanied by big, dramatic illustrations.' -- Saffia Farr Juno 'Positively gushing with Litchfield's exceptional use of light and texture and provides an overwhelming sense of atmosphere... Litchfield's distinctive style and rich illustrations provide the perfect accompaniment to this tale of tenacity, exploration and belonging. We can't wait to see how he follows what is destined to be a most successful debut.' Picture Book Blogger "One of the most distinctive and original book debuts of the autumn." Selected as Children's Special in the Picture Book category. -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller Selected for Top 10 Top Children's Books to Get Excited About (for Children's Book Week): "We love the distinctive art style and the charming concept! Within the book, lessons about exploration and belonging are learned." The Reading Room 'One of the most impressive debuts of the autumn, this is a really stunning picture book with both critical and commercial appeal. A bear stumbles upon a piano in the forest which takes him on the most incredible of journeys.' Selected as a Highlight of the Season in the Children's Autumn Buyer's Guide. The Bookseller "... His vivid, atmospheric scenes of forest and city are imagined on a vast scale, but there is an accessible warmth and humanity to them." Selected as Editor's Choice for the Picture Book Category in the Children's Previews. -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller
DAVID LITCHFIELD first started to draw when he was very young, creating Star Wars and Indiana Jones 'mash up' comics for his older brother and sister. Since then David's work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, books and on T-shirts. He has also exhibited his illustrations in both solo and group shows in the U.K, Europe and America. The Bear and the Piano is his first picture book. David lives in Bedford with his family.