Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
They All Saw a Cat

They All Saw a Cat

Fall 2016 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Brendan Wenzel
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452150130
Hardcover Price: $16.99

In author-illustrator Brendan Wenzel's artful picture book, a cat strolls "through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws," observed by a cast of characters that grows page by page: a child, a dog, a fish, a bee, a worm, a skunk, a fox, and a flea. The lavish illustrations that change to reflect each observer's viewpoint of the feline were "rendered in almost everything imaginable," according to the book's copyright page: from pencil and Magic Marker to oils and acrylic paint. Wenzel ends his clever take on how personal experience affects perspective with the cat becoming its own observer.

Lynne Heffley   ©2016 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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