This is a refreshing and innovative take on a subject that kids don’t get to have agency over in real life-- blended families. Buchet and Zuill use humor and accessibility as tools to allow young children to command the story on their own terms. Zuill’s zany and unconventional perspective is a perfect match for the simplicity of Buchet’s narrative. Bravo!!— Jane
Spring 2020 Kids Indie Next List
“This is a refreshing and innovative take on a subject that kids don’t get to have agency over in real life. Buchet and Zuill use humor and accessibility as tools to allow young children to command the narrative on their own terms. Zuill’s zany and unconventional perspective is a perfect match for the simplicity of Buchet’s narrative. Bravo!!”
— Jane Knight, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, VT
Here is the oh-so-hilarious and adorable story of a blended family-- using just a few words in various configurations-- from the pets' point-of-view!
Cat and Dog live with their human in a suburban house with a big backyard. Sure, they fight like.... well, cats and dogs, but they're used to one another. Dog-- a different dog-- lives a happy only child life in the city with his dad. He has the bed to himself, he never has to share his toys, and that's the way he likes it. So what happens when the Dog's dad and Cat and Dog's mom move in together? Well, it's chaotic. There's not enough room on the bed, for starters. But as the seasons pass, the three animals become a trio and learn to (mostly) love one another. Just as they're settling into a cozy life as a threesome, along comes..... a baby! This laugh-out-loud picture book, which cleverly uses two repeating words, is sure to strike a chord with kids dealing with the ups-and-downs of settling into a blended family of their own.
About the Author
Nelly Buchet is an actress, writer, and nonviolence advocate. A Dalai Lama Fellow, she created the Snow Lion Storytelling Initiative, a non-profit that translates and distributes children's books into Tibetan to Tibetan refugee children in orphanages and schools across India and Nepal. She was awarded the Quebec government's top award for next-generation leaders in social justice and has presented at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Nelly was recently seen in the Emmy-winning HBO series, Big Little Lies. Cat Dog Dog is her debut picture book.
Andrea Zuill is the author-illustrator of Wolf Camp, a finalist for the Children's Choice Award. In a starred review, Kirkus said the book "will delight more than dog lovers." Sweety, her most recent book with Schwartz & Wade, publishes in March 2019. She is also the author-illustrator of Dance Is for Everyone and Marigold & Daisy. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in California, Texas, and New York, including the San Diego Museum of Art and the Brand Library gallery, where she won the Disney Imagineering Award. Visit her at andreazuill.org or follow her on Twitter at @AndreaZuill.
Praise for Cat Dog Dog:
"A clever, winning read-aloud for modern families.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This is perfect for kids just climbing aboard the reading train, but it could also work as a comedic readaloud to younger kids.” —The Bulletin, starred review
"... a picture book magnum opus about the intricacies of the stepfamily."— Shelf Awareness
Praise for Andrea Zuill's Wolf Camp:
“This debut picture book will delight more than dog lovers.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Praise for Andrea Zuill's Sweety:
"Zuill takes a common theme—finding the courage to be yourself—and makes it funny, heartwarming, and inspiring." —Booklist, starred review