City-Cat

City Cat

written by Kate Banks

Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Local Bookstore

  • A Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Selection
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month


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.
Castillo takes no shortcuts, drafting each city’s distinctive architecture in soft, pleasing lines.
— Publishers Weekly
Castillo’s drawings capture both the grandeur of great cities and their human dynamism as people cycle, shop, work, rush, parade, dress up, and even play the tuba. In each picture, we look for the family, and the family looks for the cat. Banks’s text is confident and rhythmic, dotted with rhymes and half-rhymes that bounce off the tongue. “She sits on piers with perked-up ears / and gazes out to sea.” The words pass the read-it-again test with flying colors.
— The Horn Book Magazine
If you have to pack a suitcase, you can make room in it for this book as a reminder of why it is we go sightseeing in the first place.
— The New York Times