This is the debut picture book from illustration talent, David Litchfield. Inspired by David's personal love of music, forests and the White Stripes song; 'Little Room', David takes us on a musical journey that's more furry than you'd expect...
One day, a bear cub finds something strange in the forest. And when he touched the keys it made a strange and awful sound. So he left, but he returned the next day, and the day after that. And for the following days, months and years. Eventually the sound that came out from the thing was no longer awful, instead it was beautiful. And his magical melodies were enjoyed by all the other bears in the forest. But one day a father and daughter see the bear perform, and insist he returns with them to the city to play for huge audiences.
The city is everything Bear thought it would be, but something is not quite right. He yearns to be somewhere else, and that place being where he loved to play, back in the forest. One night he decides to return and leave the city behind. But when he arrives back at the clearing where he used to play there is no one there, even the piano has disappeared. Had his friends forgotten about him? Were they angry he left? He then spots a friend, the friend runs off and the bear follows. Then he sees it, his piano, and surrounded by newspaper clippings, memorabilia and LPs he had recorded. His friends weren't angry, they were proud.
David's illustrations have a whimsical and classical feel to them. Using mainly Photoshop to create his images, he produces large scale scenes that are littered with detail. The story has a dreamy fairytale feel to it, with the message that even if you're not around the people you love, they will never forget you. The bear doesn't forget his roots and returns to the forest to share his talent with the family and friends he loves. An endearing tale that is sure to be a modern classic for years to come.
The Bear and the Piano is available to buy in hardback and paperback from all good bookshops and from the Quarto website here. If you'd like to know more about David, have a gander at the interview he did with me here.