The  Bear and the Piano

The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield

Format: Hardback, 40 Pages
ISBN: 9781847807175
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One day, a young bear stumbles upon something he has never seen before in the forest. As time passes, he teaches himself how to play the strange instrument, and eventually the beautiful sounds are heard by a father and son who are picnicking in the woods. The bear goes with them on an incredible journey to New York, where his piano playing makes him a huge star. He has fame, fortune and all the music in the world, but he misses the friends and family he has left behind. A moving tale of exploration and belonging from an exciting debut author-illustrator. 

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. His first picture book,The Bear and the Piano, won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize (Illustrated Book Category) and became a best-seller in the UK and US. It was shortlisted for 8 other awards in the UK including the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the Independent Bookshop Week Award, and has sold in over 20 languages. David has since illustrated The Building Boy by Ross Montgomery (Faber & Faber, 2016), and his second book, Grandad's Secret Giant, will publish in April 2017. David lives in Bedford with his family. 

Format: Hardback, 40 Pages
ISBN: 9781847807175
Size: 11.811 in x 8.661 in / 300 mm x 220 mm
Published:

'A beautiful story about enduring friendship, accompanied by big, dramatic illustrations.'

"One of the most distinctive and original book debuts of the autumn."

Selected as Children's Special  in the  Picture Book  category.

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."

'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.

"… 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.

'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.'

 

'A beautiful story about enduring friendship, accompanied by big, dramatic illustrations.'

"€ ¦ 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.

'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.'

 

October 25, 2016
Frances Lincoln Children's Books and Wide Eyed Editions, two imprints of The Quarto Group, have had eight books nominated for the prestigious 2017 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal – making Quarto the second highest publisher on the list and achieving a new record of nominations for the publishing group. Read More.
October 7, 2016
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield is one of five shortlisted titles competing for the Children's Award in the Books Are My Bag Reader Awards, sponsored by National Book Tokens. Read More.
August 9, 2016
Diary of a Time Traveler and City Atlas, published by Wide-Eyed Editions, and The Bear and the Piano, published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books, have been shortlisted for the AOI World Illustration Awards. Shortlisted works are on display at an exhibit at Somerset House in London through August 29. The exhibit will then tour the UK throughout the coming year. Read More.
May 11, 2016
The Wonder Garden, published by Wide-Eyed Editions, was the winner of the Non-Fiction 7-11 category in The English Association's Picture Book Awards for the best books of 2015. Read More.
April 13, 2016
Eight of the 14 children's titles shortlisted for the 2016 English 4-11 Picture Book Awards for the best children's picture books published in the UK are titles published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books and Wide Eyed Editions, imprints of the Quarto Publishing Group. Read More.
March 21, 2016
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield was the winner of the Best Illustrated Book in Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016 competition. The Frances Lincoln Children's Books title was one of four main award winners in the competition recognizing new talent in children's books. Read More.