Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Here Comes the Cat!

A mouse goes on an epic journey to warn everyone he sees that the cat is coming.  But is it really as bad as it seems?

Here Comes the Cat! is written by Frank Asch and illustrated by Vladimir Vagin.

This is a very simple story, told entirely through richly detailed watercolors with speech bubble dialog in both English and Russian.  Kids will have fun examining the nooks and crannies of each illustration while adults will appreciate the masterful artistry.  Both will love the sweet surprise ending.  This edition includes an afterword by Asch and Vagin detailing their collaboration, couriering panels between the U.S. and Russia during the Cold War, all while speaking two different languages.  This story, coupled with the bilingual nature of the book, is a great opportunity for kids to learn about being global citizens.  As another bonus, the dust jacket folds out to make a poster.

Here Comes the Cat! is published by McSweeney's Books and retails for $12.95 (hardcover).  I bought my copy with my very own money.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

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