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Cool Cat Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Hogrogian (One Fine Day) steps softly back into the field with a quiet and thought-provoking wordless book. (The Horn Book)
Both visually and conceptually, this is a gem. (School Library Journal)
The spreads are paced as carefully as a dance, as animals gradually appear one after another, first observing, then embarking on projects of their own. In Hogrogian's silent yet richly imagined vision of the Peaceable Kingdom, the animals do not just inhabit their world but work together to help mend it--a vision of possibility. (Publishers Weekly)
Preschoolers will grin with delight as each page turn reveals something new. (Starred, Kirkus Reviews)
Top Customer Reviews
At first, when the story begins all we get to see is a peek of his/her black back, ears, and tail hiding behind some rocks. The colors at this point are subtle: a soothing, muted palette of browns and gray/blacks that remind me of some classic Japanese art that includes cats. Everything looks serene, but soon we see that it's not. The landscape is littered with rubbish.
It's then you notice that the cat has a wooden box filled with something that's not quite identifiable. Soon enough though you see that there are tubes of paint and brushes; which soon the cat is using to alter his reality. Kitty starts in one corner with some lovely green leaves. Next he uses a rag a begin to mix blue and white to make a cheerful sky.
He works alone until a mouse and bunny join him. Their works continues until their work transforms their world into a park-like setting with a pond, wild roses and butterflies.
Nonny Hogrogian's artwork is cheerful and kid-friendly. The pictures shows a magical transformation of the animals' environment as they paint over the muted shades of rocks and soil to create a vibrantly green and blue world.
What message you take from "Cool Cat" will have to be of your own making as the book is wordless. You could say that the book demonstrates the positive theme that one person has the power to change the world-- if only they start. Or you could tie this book into an environmental study unit and say that joined together a community can made vast improvements. Or finally, you could just let the magically images remain voiceless.
mom and reviewer at BooksForKids-reviews