Cat on the Bus (Hardcover)
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This nearly wordless book uses onomatopoeia and striking, bold illustrations to tell the story of a vulnerable stray cat in search of food, shelter and love. A cat enters a grocery store in search of food, but the proprietor shoos her away. A bus approaches offering shelter, but the large-handed, scary-faced driver shouts SCRAM! When another bus approaches, the cat runs in with a WHOOSH and meets a grandfatherly gentleman who changes the cat's circumstances forever. Young children will empathize with strong emotional content--hunger, loneliness, rejection; then contentment and joy--revealed through the expressive rendering of the characters. Powerful visual storytelling, perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
About the Author
Aram Kim is a New York-based illustrator who has received awards and recognition for her work in both the U.S. and South Korea, where she grew up. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Yonsei University in Seoul and a master of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Cat on the Bus is her first picture book.
"First-time author-illustrator Kim combines pastels and colored pencils digitally to create clean, spare illustrations. . . . The simple story comes to a very happy ending, with the clever closing endpapers showing human footprints alongside the paw prints."—Horn Book Magazine
"This sweet, nearly wordless tale is likely to find an appreciative audience among cat lovers and children just beginning to sound words out on their own."—Kirkus Reviews
"Kim makes a solid debut with this story of an endearingly dogged feline . . . the pictures do the heavy lifting, and Kim— who works in generously scaled, clearly delineated shapes— creates a sense of momentum through imaginative framing"—Publishers Weekly