Be Wild Be Free (Hardcover)
Adults need picture books, too! A stunning, full-color debut gift book from renowned artist Amber Fossey (@zeppelinmoon), whose whimsical illustrations and clever witticisms reveal the universal struggle and happy magic of being a perfectly imperfect human being.
Do you hear the beasts scratching at the door? They’ve been sleeping too long, and now they’re getting feisty.
Through a mash-up of poetry, comic fiction and watercolor illustrations, this beautiful picture book for adults weaves a narrative of how we can all become wild and free again. Looking at life through the eyes of Sloth, Bear, Koala, and even Blob Fish, these animals tell the stories of the raw beauty of life on our planet, encouraging us to let go of fear, stick our fingers/paws up at societal pressure, and love ourselves and one another with abandon.
Amber Fossey worked as a doctor in the National Health Service for fourteen years until carving a new career as an artist. She specialized in forensic psychiatry, working with severely mentally ill offenders in prisons, secure hospitals, and the community. She is driven by a deep-rooted compassion for those whom society rejects, mistreats, and ignores, and for those suffering mental anguish. She believes all souls, human and animal, deserve to be loved and treated as equals. This manifests in her art where she often champions the unloved, the feared and the endangered. Amber regularly escapes to a magical world to befriend and listen to animals - and likes to take you there too. She lives in the UK.
— BARBARA DOYLE, SWEATPANTS & COFFEE BOOK REVIEW