Spring 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“Bruno, the Standing Cat is the book you need! Having a tough day? Read Bruno! Having a great day? Read Bruno! Not a cat person? Doesn’t matter, I’m not either, read Bruno! One of the funniest, cleverest, wittiest, fun-to-read-aloud new picture books this spring. You need Bruno!”
— Kathleen Carey, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY
Meet a silly and absurd cat who's like no cat you've ever met before, in this inventive and unusual book from the illustrator of the picture-book version of John Lennon's song "Imagine."
When a box arrives on Peter's doorstep, he opens it to find Bruno, a cat who is standing up on two legs. It is very odd. Bruno likes to chew bubble gum, play house, and skateboard--and refuses to engage in any catlike behavior. But Peter likes Bruno, and so they become friends and do everything they can think of together.
Jean Jullien (illustrator of the picture-book version of John Lennon's song "Imagine") is an emerging picture-book creator who works in a signature thick black line and bold, flat color. His quirky, subversive humor is childlike at its core, and kids will delight in his light and irreverent approach.
About the Author
JEAN JULLIEN is a French graphic artist living in London. His practice ranges from illustration to photography, video, costumes, installations, books, posters, and clothing to create a coherent yet eclectic body of work. Visit him on the web at jeanjullien.com and on Instagram at @jean_jullien.
"Bruno’s facial expressions provide most of the laughs—they range from horror to disdain to great delight—and the standing cat’s distinctive personality makes the book well worth sitting down with. "
"This comical story upends reader expectations and is perfect for group sharing. Its one-dimensional, thick-lined illustrations are positioned on simple backgrounds, often a solid color, which allows young readers to stay focused on Bruno’s antics. . A sweet concluding scene draws this entertaining story about individuality and friendship to a close."
"The simple, cartoonlike illustrations, heavily outlined in black and backgrounded by saturated pastels, are as whimsical as the story. The tuxedo cat's expressions as it regards a bowl of kibble or gets down and boogies are priceless."