A young girl imagines the secret adventures of her tight-lipped kitty companion, including stowing away on an ocean liner, bound for the cultural delights of Europe. No ordinary tourist, the felicitous feline dines on mouse at Buckingham Palace, models on the catwalks of Paris, and hobnobs backstage at Vienna’s grand Opera House before returning home to the Nantucket shore. Offering a story that will inspire wanderlust in the littlest travelers, Lazo provides a charming rhyming text, but readers might want to make a preliminary run-through as some of the chosen pronunciations of French locales can cause stumbles. Brooker’s sophisticated collage illustrations, incorporating brocade textiles and wallpaper, pearls, and other frills and finery, invite readers to explore each scene for the various treasures found within. Endpapers display a map of the feline’s travels, and a brief author’s note provides some background history and detail about each stopover. Grades K-2. --Kristen McKulski
About the Author
Caroline Lazo has written numerous biographies for children, including Alice Walker: Freedom Writer
, which was a Society of School Librarians International (SSLI) Honor Book. This is her first picture book. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Kyrsten Brooker’s wonderful books for children include Precious and the Boo Hag
by Patricia C. McKissack, an ALA Notable Book and a School Library
Book of the Year, and Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street
by Roni Schotter, a National Council of Teachers Notable Trade Book. She lives in Alberta, Canada.