Bruno: Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far

Catharina Valckx (Author) Nicolas Hubesch (Illustrator)
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Bruno, the cat in the checkered cap, takes life as it comes. When it's too rainy to go outside, his friends come around for breakfast. When a fish invites him into the river, he follows it. Why not? When the canary forgets how to talk, Bruno helps out.

Days come and go, and for Bruno they always bring something interesting. And once in a while, a day comes along that is just about perfect

These six linked stories are full of friendship, silliness, and the little moments that make life good.

-- "Journal"

Product Details

Gecko Press
Publish Date
April 01, 2017
7.3 X 0.7 X 8.9 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author

Catharina Valckx has written and illustrated more than thirty books and been nominated four times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Her books are published in eleven languages and have won numerous awards.

Nicolas Hubesch studied illustration in Strasbourg and lives in Paris, where he works as a children's book illustrator. He is also well known for his comics, which are published in many magazines.


In six brief chapters, Bruno, a small cat in a blue checked cap, recounts in turn the peculiar, stupid, less-than-perfect, and almost-perfect goings-on of his life (so far). In a busy city packed with apartment buildings, shops, and canal boats, Bruno is joined by a motley crew of friends and foils--including Ringo the old pony, Gerard the dreaded wolf, and Georgette the nice plump turtledove--often finding himself in the middle of the action. Some chapters are chock full of the surreal and extraordinary (a lengthy tale of a lost fish swimming through mid-air), while others focus on the more quotidian (a two-page, four-sentence chapter musing on the beauty of candlelight during a power outage). Each scenario is presented in a straightforward, conversational tone and through playful, observant art. Bruno himself is a dichotomous blend of childlike sensibility ('We came up with the idea of all going together to the station. But not to catch a train . . . to play on the big escalators!') and budding philosopher ('I thought of how days go by, like clouds, each one different') who unquestionably belongs in and to his weird and wonderful world. Recurring characters and visual details--drawn in a slightly unsteady, inviting black line--produce a rewarding interconnectivity between chapters. A superb early reader/early chapter book import and kindred spirit to Emmanuel Guibert's Ariol series.--starred, The Horn Book Magazine

-- "Journal"

A yellow-eyed cat sporting a jaunty blue cap recalls his more interesting days in this quirky collection of vignettes. Ranging from the downright strange (a fish literally out of water follows Bruno to the corner shop) to more plausible scenarios (Bruno and his friends play on the escalators at the train station), the episodes are linked by a unifying thread of Bruno's delight in embracing the experiences that come his way, no matter how unexpected. A unique cast of characters include Ringo, an elderly pony with childlike tendencies, and a canary who chirps only non sequiturs. Though trouble frequently arises, it is always resolved, and everyone goes to bed happy. This delightfully oddball picture book features line drawings with bright colors and a few comic panels, and is visually very appealing. Translated from the French and set in an unnamed European city, the story retains its Continental flavor; caretakers may bristle at chapter titles like 'A Stupid Day That Ends Pretty Well, ' but young readers will be drawn to Bruno's unfailingly positive outlook and opportunistic sense of adventure.--Booklist

-- "Journal"