One Bear Extraordinaire: A picture book by Jayme McGowan (Available September 8th)
Bear is a rambling musician. An entertainer. A legend. One Bear Extraordinaire.
Bear wakes up one morning with a song in his head, but something is missing. What’s a one-bear band to do? He travels the forest in search of his song and meets a few other musicians along the way, but even with their help, his song still feels incomplete. Will Bear find the perfect accompaniment and learn that every song sounds sweeter with friends by his side?
"McGowan’s writing has a pleasing musical lilt...but it’s her artwork that really stands out...McGowan’s layered images have a rusticity that’s in keeping with her itinerant musicians’ free-spirited mind-set." —Publishers Weekly
"McGowan's art, three-dimensional illustrations of painted, cut, assembled, and photographed scenes, is a wonder to behold in its ingenuity and animation. Now all this story needs is an audience, and it's sure to drum one up." —Kirkus Reviews
"I would challenge anyone not to be charmed by the artwork in this book. Ms. McGowan's debut shows an infectious love for her craft and for picture books. From Bear's potbelly to the band's instruments, there is a gentle simplicity to this story that should be savored." —Erin Stead, Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator