City Cat

City Cat Cover

City Cat

By Kate Banks; Lauren Castillo (Illustrator)

Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374313210, 48pp.

Publication Date: November 19, 2013

Description

A plucky stray cat takes a Grand Tour in Kate Banks' story of a family on a European vacation. As the family travels from one city to the next, the cat finds its own means--by bus, boat, train, truck, and bike--to tag along on the trip, visiting historic landmarks like Buckingham Palace and the Cathedral of Notre Dame along the way. Readers will pore over the spreads to find where City Cat is hiding in each city, and detailed backmatter explains the history behind the sites in each locale.



About the Author
Kate Banks has written many books for children, among them "Max s Words", "And If the Moon Could Talk", winner of the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, and "The Night Worker", winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She grew up in Maine, where she and her two sisters and brother spent a lot of time outdoors, and where Banks developed an early love of reading. I especially liked picture books, she says, and the way in which words and illustrations could create a whole new world in which sometimes real and other times magical and unexpected things could happen. Banks attended Wellesley College and received her master's in history at Columbia University. She lived in Rome for eight years but now lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons, Peter Anton and Maximilian.

Lauren Castillo has illustrated many picture books and has also written and illustrated several, including the Caldecott Honor book "Nana in the City". She lives in Harrisburg, PA, and you can also find her at www.laurencastillo.blogspot.com and follow her on Twitter @studiocastillo.


Praise For City Cat

"Castillo takes no shortcuts, drafting each city’s distinctive architecture in soft, pleasing lines. Though there are parallels with Banks’s The Cat Who Walked Across France, this feline isn’t trying to get home; she’s happy to wander Europe’s plazas and cathedral squares, and to have readers trail along."--Publishers Weekly "A black cat serves as European tour guide for child readers in this offering from Banks and Castillo. . . A lovely... feline journey." - Kirkus