Thursday, April 21, 2016

meditative ode to the simple joys of human-animal companionship

The White Cat and the Monk

“…there is no denying that this a beautiful piece of bookmaking. The watercolor-and-ink artwork has both heft and humor, especially in the joyful depictions of the manuscripts. The shift from the darkness of the early spreads to the bright color of the characters' time together captures the pleasure of the relationship. The final spread of daybreak, meanwhile, is irresistible. Readers who consider the story’s underlying messages about necessities, companionship, and fulfillment will come away enriched.” — Booklist, Starred Review

"A stunningly illustrated meditative ode to the simple joys of human-animal companionship and the pursuit of knowledge." — School Library Journal, Starred Review.

“It’s a sophisticated and subtle story about the pursuit of joy—one that will easily resonate with readers young and old.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review.

"Reminiscent of the succinct storytelling and expressive brushwork of Chris Raschka and Kevin Henkes, this quiet, historical gem will charm children and adults alike." — Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review.

"The adaptation . . . is as unostentatious as the watercolor-and-ink illustrations, which meld a medieval spirit with a modern sense of cartooning, a juxtaposition that is fresh and seems entirely right. " — Horn Book

"Truly a wonderful book, The White Cat and the Monk expresses the richness of the relationship between the two characters." — Canadian Review of Materials
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