Mard is the story of a clumsy, jazz-loving polar bear who just wants a cuddle. Mard keeps crossing paths with Max – a boy who loves skiing, statues and playing a tiny trumpet – but Max never seems to notice him. Mard stumbles clumsily around the background of Max’s life, causing a bit of chaos, but with the best of intentions. Mard keeps making things in Max’s life go in surprising directions, but will he ever get a cuddle?
Mard was written by Ben and Joe Farmer, who are brothers, and was based on a real life Max, who is their friend. The book began as a surprise gift for Max’s 21st birthday.
One shorter, one taller, one older, one younger, Ben and Joe hail loosely from London. Aside from a prerequisite love of books and spinning stories, which they share, they are defined by separate details. Ben cooks, writes, draws and travels. He has just finished his BA in English Literature. As a toddler, Ben voiced over an animated version of the children’s book ‘Let’s Go Home Little Bear’. The book was a continual point of reference and inspiration in creating Mard. Joe is an avid reader and aspiring teacher. He studies history, dreams of skiing and would love to build a boat one day. Joe is also a prize winning children’s poet, known for ‘Someone Turned on the Bathroom Light’.