You remember the piano-playing Bear? The Bear who couldn’t help but play the piano, and who became incredibly famous and successful?
He’s still big – he’s a bear, after all – and possibly taking so much of the attention that other musicians hang up their instruments. It’s what happens to Hector, a fiddle player, who’s never seen without his friend, Hugo the Dog. They go home, and Hector not only doesn’t play any more, but mopes. And sleeps. And with Hector’s back turned, Hugo starts taking an interest in the abandoned fiddle.
Hugo might be just a Dog, but he can play. And then he’s recruited by Bear, to join Bear’s Big Band.
As in many friendships, words are said, and Hector and Hugo part.
But because this is a children’s picture book, it’s not hard to work out what must happen. Tears everywhere.
The illustrations in David Litchfield’s book are so gorgeous and so grown-up – by which I mean they appeal to adults – that you just have to love this book. For me it’s another instance of wanting to tear the pictures from the book and frame them.