An unlikely relationship strikes up between two individuals who have strange but wonderful stories. They—a big black bear and a boy named Archie—feel misunderstood by everyone in their respective worlds but find solace in their newly forged friendship and willingness to listen to one another. Zanni Louise’s sweet narrative is wrapped up like a gift in the most gorgeous illustrations by David Mackintosh. The page spreads of Archie and the Bear feel vibrant yet soft, and are full of mood. His play with type, distinctive graphic elements and deft layering of watercolors, ink, pencil, charcoal and kraft paper come together to create one of the most unique picture books we’ve seen this year.
Archie and the Bear was written by Zanni Louise, illustrated by David Mackintosh and published by Little Hare Books. Publication date is May 1 in Australia and is available at Book Depository for international readers.