Addis Berner Bear Forgets
By Joel Stewart
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374300364, 32pp.)
Publication Date: September 30, 2008
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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. With help from some – and hindrance from others – Addis Berner Bear must rediscover why he’s there and what he’s supposed to do. His great realization – he’s a trumpet player – gives true meaning to his life and brings pleasure and joy to others.
This artfully illustrated, pitch-perfect tale about belonging and staying true to one’s personal creative mission, whatever it may be, will uplift any reader who has ever felt, like Addis, a bit lost in this big, loud, fast, and confusing world.
JOEL STEWART has illustrated the work of authors such as Malachy Doyle, Julia Donaldson, and Roald Dahl, as well as classics by Hans Christian Andersen and Lewis Carroll, and stories of his own. He lives in London, England.
“Joel Stewart brings out the kid in all of us with this story and allows kids to be kids while reading this book.” —Sacramento Book Review“Written in spare rhythmic language, the text lends itself to being read aloud.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The delicate artwork fascinates . . . there’s happiness here as well in the vignettes and full-page art, as Bear plays to a laughing crowd.” —Booklist