Thursday, April 15, 2010

Get a Big Bear Hug from Nicholas Oldland!

Get a big hug from author Nicholas Oldland when he reads Big Bear Hug, an environmental fable delivered with a lot of heart and many big hugs at the Turning Pages Literary Festival a day long celebration of books for children and teens on May 15th. Nicholas will be presenting at 12noon at The Musem (10 King St. W. Kitchener).

Nicholas Oldland earned a degree in Fine Arts at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada and enjoyed success as a commercial artist and filmmaker before taking up the role of Creative Director at Hatley, a popular apparel company. Big Bear Hug is his first picture book.

A huge bear wanders through the forest giving hugs to beavers, moose, birds and of course, trees. This bear is so filled with happiness that he loves giving hugs to all living things…until he meets a human wielding a tree cutting axe. Suddenly the bear doesn’t feel like hugging anymore and must make a difficult decision on how to stop destruction in his forest.
Expressive comic style illustrations show the startled and hilarious expressions of the woodland animals that the loving bear encounters. Readers may recognize some of these characters from Hatley apparel, a North American company of which creator Nicholas Oldland is the Creative Director. Printed on FSC mixed sources certified paper — Big Bear Hug has an important “green” message delivered with humor and heart. The environmental message of this book is funny and powerful, while simple enough to engage very young children.

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