By Nonny Hogrogian
(Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596434295, 40pp.)
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
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Cool Cat's neighborhood isn't so cool. It's barren and brown, littered with rusty cans and broken bottles. No problem. With an old paint box, a troop of helpful animals, and lots of imagination, Cool Cat turns the world around him into a Rousseau-style masterpiece. An enchanting story of resourcefulness and positive thinking, COOL CAT shows how working together can make miracles.
NONNY HOGROGIAN has illustrated many books for children, including the Caldecott Medal winners ALWAYS ROOM FOR ONE MORE and ONE FINE DAY. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, writer David Kherdian.
“Esteemed artist Hogrogian relates her visual narrative with sincere and unabashed charm given texture by her slightly naïve and childlike art, and the multitude of “spot the little critter” opportunities (each new painting buddy pops up as a quiet viewer a spread or so before joining in on the labor) adds an element of seek-and-find gamesmanship to the art.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“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