An enchantingly positive story of love, loneliness, and the hope of renewal
“Who needs friends?” thinks Mr. Brown. “I can suit myself and wear my smart hat all day long.” Try as he might, however, Mr. Brown is lonely. But when a woodpecker decides Mr. Brown needs some company, his life is transformed.
About the Author
Ayano Imai is the illustrator of The 108th Sheep, Aesop’s Fables, Chester, Puss & Boots, and The Town Mouse and Country Mouse.
“Elegant, spare prose and stunning, imaginative illustrations breathe new life into old tales in this collection of Aesop’s fables. . . . The pictures are definitely worth the price of admission.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review, on Aesop’s Fables
"A beautiful picture book with a lovely story. Perfect for more quiet children or anyone that likes birds/lovely artwork." —Michele Bellah, Copperfield's Books
"Splendid, surrealistic illustrations . . . The sheer whimsy of the bear and the simplicity of his cottage and the surrounding town add a quaintness that is quite touching. Savvy readers will enjoy the detailed and dreamy, imaginative artwork, including stunning illustrations of birds. With a binding as tall as Mr. Brown’s hat, this book will require a special place on your bookshelves. But it won’t stay there long." —Carol Connor, School Library Journal
"An effervescent, heart-gladdening tale about the inexplicable, yet very real transformative power of friendship. The give-and-take, caring-and-sharing between Mr. Bear and his hatted companions celebrate how magic can and will happen." —Terry Hong, smithsonianapa.org
"Ayano Imaí’s gloriously beautiful book plumbs the nature of solitude and loneliness as well as the value of friendship with an honesty that is at once heartrending and uplifting." —Kathryn Carroll, celebratepicturebooks.com
"A magical book, that will have your kids wishing on Christmas Eve's snowfall… Kids will really enjoy the playfulness of the story, and find themselves wanting to build a snowman just like Mr. Hollyberry." —Inspired by Savannah