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Urso Brunov and the White Emperor
Written by Brian Jacques
Illustrated by Alexi Natchev
Penguin USA has released their Fall 2008 catalog and, with it, the cover to Urso Brunov and the White Emperor, a new plot summary, and a sample of Alexi Natchev's artwork!
A tiny bear, a colossal adventure
In the middle of a wintry night, deep in the forest, Urso Brunov hears a cry for help carried over the cold winds. Wolves are on the prowl and two young polar bears are lost in the forest. Though he may be the size of a thumb, who is Urso Brunov if he is not the Little Father of All Bears? Traversing snow-laden forests on the backs of stags and crossing wide seas atop a whale, this tiny yet brave hero returns the two lost polar bear cubs to the Land of Rainbow Lights‹and is treated to a grand celebration in the land of ice before returning home in a wondrous moonlit flight on the back of a goose.
In the age-old tradition of tall tales, Redwall author Brian Jacques shows us storytelling at its finest in this spirited adventure.
The cover certainly lends credence to the assumption that the 'White Emperor' is actually a polar bear.
The artwork sample (below) depicts Urso Brunov with two Brunov Bears and a goose who is reminiscent of Fabalis the Bean Goose (although the coloration is wrong for Fabalis). Alexi seems to be in top form.
Some details have surfaced regarding the plot of the forthcoming book, Urso Brunov and the White Emperor by Brian Jacques and Alexi Natchev. With it comes a clue as to the identity of the "White Emperor"... polar bear, anyone?
The following summary was posted on the Library of Congress' online catalog:
Orso Brunov, the Little Father of All Bears, who stands no bigger than your thumb and always keeps his promises, saves two lost polar bears with the help of some of his friends.
I assume that "Orso" is a typo, given that "the Little Father of All Bears" is Urso Brunov's title. The listing also contained the book classifications of "Fairy tales", "Bears--Fiction", "Animals--Fiction", and "Winter--Fiction".
Amazon.com recently updated its online catalogue to include an entry for a book entitled Urso Brunov and the White Emperor. A week later, that title was amended to "The Tale of Urso Brunov and the White Emperor", but within a month was changed back.
Written by Brian Jacques and illustrated by Alexi Natchev, the book appears to be a sequel to their last collaboration, 2003's The Tale of Urso Brunov.
The book is tentatively 40 pages long.
We can surmise from the title that there is a character known as "the White Emperor". Will he be friend or foe?
Urso Brunov and the White Emperor will hit bookshelves October 16th, 2008.
Art by Alexi Natchev
- Brian Jacques
- Alexi Natchev