Nini Lost and Found
By Anita Lobel
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375858802, 40pp.)
Publication Date: September 14, 2010
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A simple—and simply beautiful—story for young cat lovers.
One beautiful autumn day, Nini, a little tabby cat, sees that the door is open. The garden and nearby woods seem to beckon her to explore. Nini thinks the great outdoors is really, really, really nice . . . until night falls and strange animals begin sniffing and hooting and lurking about. Suddenly there is no place like home. This warm and reassuring picture book speaks to children whose curiosity has tempted them to “run away” from home. Caldecott Honor Book artist Anita Lobel’s illustrations have never been more beautiful. Endearing portraits of her own beloved Nini cat in a lush autumnal setting will gladden the hearts of cat lovers of all ages.
Anita Lobel, illustrator of more than 40 picture books, including the Caldecott Honor Book On Market Street and A New Coat for Anna, has also written and illustrated two other books starring her cat, Nini: One Lighthouse, One Moon and Nini Here and There, “an exemplar of all a picture book can be,” said Daniel Pinkwater on NPR. Her YA memoir, No Pretty Pictures, was a National Book Award Finalist.
"There is just enough tension for the preschool audience here, but the pictures, even the semi-scary nighttime spreads, are too bountifully warm to leave anything but a happy ending in doubt." --The Horn Book, starred
-The Horn Book, starred
"It's almost impossible to glimpse Nini the tabby cat on the cover of Lobel's new book and not open it." –The New York Times
"Told with an elegant simplicity that children will appreciate, this is filled with Lobel's endearing watercolor-and-gouache artwork, with big swirls of emotion and the tiniest nod of relief in a little cat's upturned lip. A wonderful read-aloud, with the length of the text, the size of the art, and the adventure of the tale all being just right." –Booklist, starred
"Lobel captures a cat’s clear, opinionated and lovably hedonistic thinking in her simple storytelling. She also introduces the joys of home, the thrill of freedom and the scariness of the unknown to young readers, who will strain to hear the calls of Nini’s owners in the night." –Kirkus, starred