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City Cat

City Cat

by Kate Banks; illustrated by Lauren Castillo

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


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.

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

In the Press

In two new picture books, animals flit from place to place, enjoying the best views without ever having to wait in line. - The New York Times

Reviews from Goodreads

by Kate Banks; illustrated by Lauren Castillo

Kate Banks is the author of many acclaimed books for children, including the Boston Globe Horn Book award winner And if the Moon Could Talk. She lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons.

Lauren Castillo is the author and/or illustrator of many books for children, including Alfie Runs Away by Ken Cadow. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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