The Cat Who Walked Across France
A Picture Book
Kate Banks; Pictures by Georg Hallensleben
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
An unforgettable tour of France
The cat and the old woman have lived happily together for many years in the stone house by the sea. But when the old woman dies, the cat is packed up with her belongings and sent north to the village where she was born. Soon he is forgotten. He walks the streets aimlessly until, spurred by memories and a longing to return to the place he knows and loves, the cat embarks on a journey to find the home he was taken away from.
In lyrical prose and breathtaking images, Kate Banks and Georg Hallensleben take the reader on a journey across the Norman countryside, past ancient ruins, through bustling cities, to the sparkling ports of the Mediterranean Sea and a place the cat can call home.
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Praise for The Cat Who Walked Across France
“Hallensleben composes space like Matisse and loads his brush with paint like Van Gogh...Francophiles and cat fanatics will melt at the immensely satisfying conclusion.” —Starred, Publishers Weekly
“Banks and Hallensleben make beautiful books together.” —American Bookseller
“Exquisite.” —Boxed, Booklist
“With the rich palette and thick brushwork of Rouault or Gaugin, Hallensleben magically captures the light of France and the forthright courage of a small gray cat...Beautifully realized.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Hallensleben's drawings, using richly saturated colors, reflect a deeply loving view of France, both countryside and towns, and include landmarks that Francophiles can easily pick out.” —The Horn Book
“Rich in theme and evocative in tone, the cat's quest will resonate with young readers.” —School Library Journal
“This lonely and determined cat, who puts one in mind of Kipling's solitary cat walking down its allée of trees, is a heroine grown-ups are likely to find especially pleasing...Georg Hallensleben's paintings of her trip have at once a poster-paint Fauve simplicity and a Vuillard-melancholy...plaintive and memorable.” —The New York Times Book Review-