Humbert Bear only lives for a short time. And in that short time he dreams mostly.
But in his dreams he casts such a spell that all who come into his range are captivated completely. He dreams mostly of a voyage that takes him away from the cocoon of his hammock in the secret garden. He is promised the land of fantabulous adventure. He is offered the help and guidance of wily sharks.
The wily sharks are not to be trusted. So others say. But once they come into the range of Humbert Bear and his dreamy belief in a land more lush beneath the sea than above the sea, they are captivated by him and his stories. They help him ride on their backs to the land of certain surprises. They could go no further, but they know he can.
He has written and illustrated ‘Humbert Bear Likes to Doze’ and made several copies available for every Children’s Hospice in the UK. Furthermore, it has been printed in Spanish, German and Croatian for the hospices of terminally ill children in Europe. Currently it is being printed in Hungarian, Portuguese, French, Danish and Norwegian. He is also illustrator and author of ‘Odyssey’ and the highly inventive card game for storytellers ‘Make It Up’ - a storyteller’s manual on how to make up spontaneous storytelling.
“Together for Short Lives was thrilled to support and work with Alexander and got right behind his crowd funding campaign. It was his faith and love that made it happen and in doing so brought joy to thousands of children and families in children’s hospices over Christmas 2017.”
“I knew that there was something very special in Humbert from our first ‘meeting’. The beauty of the art work is of course obvious, but the tale is so meaningful to children and families who are living through a very difficult journey.“
“Alexander Mackenzie approached Together for Short Lives in late 2016, when he had the wonderful idea to share his beautiful storybook with seriously ill children right across the UK. We loved his magical book “Humbert bear loves to doze” written and illustrated to help children and their families in their journey through hospice as a place of dreams and beauty for children with short lives. The book is a very gentle way of celebrating the lives and thoughts of children who are very different from their peers. Alexander had originally shared his storybook with one children’s hospice in Oxford but had a dream of sharing his story with every single children’s hospice throughout the UK in time for Christmas. I was immediately struck by Alexander’s love, tenacity and determination to make this dream a reality, he wanted to explore every avenue to make it happen and did everything in his power.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and question the lives and thoughts of those children and young people who are very different from their peers, but no less interesting or valuable.”