The Cat Man of Aleppo

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Product Details

Price
$17.99  $16.55
Publisher
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
Pages
40
Dimensions
9.2 X 10.8 X 0.4 inches | 0.9 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781984813787

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About the Author

Irene Latham is the author of hundreds of poems and nearly twenty current and forthcoming poetry, fiction, and picture books. Winner of the 2016 ILA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award, she lives on a lake in rural Alabama, where the queen of the house is a cat named Maggie.

Karim Shamsi-Basha immigrated to the United States from Damascus in 1984. While in Syria, he spent a year at the University of Aleppo and got to know the people of that ancient city. All of Karim's work embodies love as a universal truth. His desire for people to love one another is where his personal and professional goals intersect.

Yuko Shimizu has been drawing and painting ever since she can remember, and has loved animals just as long. Though she has been illustrating for magazines, newspapers, and books longer than you have lived, this is only her second picture book (Barbed Wire Baseball, 2013). Yuko lives and works with a rescued senior Chihuahua named Bear, who is probably smaller than the cats in Alaa's sanctuary.

Reviews

Praise for The Cat Man of Aleppo

β˜… "Based on a true story, this picture book is distinctive for its engaging narrative and impeccable illustrations . . . A beautifully told and illustrated story that offers a unique perspective on both war and humanity." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

β˜… "With meticulous care, Shimizu draws the destroyed buildings, the empty streets, and the cats that fleeing Syrians have left behind . . . Latham and Shamsi-Basha pick out the glimmers of light that make up Alaa's story, and Shimizu portrays their beauty." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

β˜… "The story of the Cat Man of Aleppo is remarkable...Shimizu's lifelike illustrations capture the joy and beauty prior to the war, juxtaposing it with the horror and grief that followed . . . A safe, sobering, and hopeful introduction to the crisis in Syria." --Booklist, starred review

β˜… "Based on the true story of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, this story portrays a beautiful and loving community rocked by violence... Shimizu's digitally colored paintings, echoing Edo-era Japanese art, are masterfully emotive...audiences will find solace in the reminder of humanity in the direst times." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review