They All Saw a Cat


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$16.99  $15.80
Chronicle Books
Publish Date
11.2 X 9.1 X 0.4 inches | 1.04 pounds

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About the Author

Brendan Wenzel is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of the Pratt Institute, his work has appeared internationally in children's books, animations, and magazines. They All Saw a Cat is his debut as both author and illustrator.


"Brendan Wenzel has made a beautiful book about both perception and the natural world." -Lane Smith author/illustrator of There Is a Tribe of Kids
"Visual storytelling at its best." -Christian Robinson, Caldecott Honor winning illustrator of The Last Stop on Market Street
"I saw A CAT. I have A CAT. I have drawn many CATS. I really loved THIS CAT." --Peter McCarty, Caldecott Honor winning artist of Hondo and Fabian and Henry in Love
"Brendan Wenzel's They All Saw a Cat is a joyous exploration of perspective, and a celebration of the fact that we all see things through our own lenses. It's a reminder that one's point of view can make all the difference. A perfect picture book!" -Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Caldecott Honor winning illustrator of Green
"A novel exploration of perspective. A lovely debut."-- Carson Ellis, bestselling author/illustrator of HOME
"They All Saw A Cat is a book about seeing, knowing, and being. And to my eyes, it's beautiful."-Chris Raschka, author if the Caldecott Medal-Winning A Ball for Daisy
"A stunning example of the art of weaving poetry and illustrations into an inextricable whole; gracefully pulling the reader into a world where an ordinary insight becomes something beautiful, delightful and profound."-Tom Lichtenheld, illustrator of the New York Times Bestsellers Duck! Rabbit!, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and I Wish You More.
"They All Saw a Cat could very easily be the best, smartest, most original, and most beautiful picture book I have ever seen. EVER." - Matthew Winner, All the Wonders
"SUCH a cool book on point of view that it's a must-read, must-own book."--Imagination Soup
"Both simple and ingenious in concept, Wetzel's book feels like a gamechanger."-The Huffington Post
"Wenzel has created the Caldecott winner for 2017.... You'll understand when you see it for yourself."--Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse#8 Production, a School Library Journal blog
"With each turn of the page, the reader is given the opportunity to also see how the cat is viewed."--Books and Whatnot
"The rhyme in this book is so perfected, its positively Seussian. Wenzel has untapped the formula for what makes a picture book work."-
-Twenty by Jenny
"Simply brilliant."--Cool Mom Picks
"From the endpapers to each clever composition, this title invites interaction and thoughtful looking, always allowing the child to discern meaning."--School Library Journal, starred review
"Simple yet surprisingly sophisticated... beautifully conceived."--The Wall Street Journal
"Simple yet surprisingly sophisticated. beautifully conceived."-The Wall Street Journal
"Seems so light on its little cat feet but goes right to the core of human experience. A keeper."-Shelf Awareness
"Excellent... brilliantly simple."--Cindy Dobrez, Bookends: A Booklist Blog
"Along with inviting more reflective viewers to ruminate about perception and subjectivity, the cat's perambulations offer elemental visual delights."-Kirkus Reviews
"A powerful, rhythmic juxtaposition between word and image... it's marvelous."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A layered, funny and fascinating visual lesson in seeing and interpreting. It's a delightful experience in multiple perspectives and changing points of view."--The Washington Post
"Thought provoking, entertaining and smart, it's one of the best picture books you'll see this year."--Bookpage
"An ingenious idea, gorgeously realized."--Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review
"Empathy and self-reflection may seem like lofty goals for a picture book, but Wenzel scores big with both through his extraordinary vision."--The Boston Globe
"This smart, thoughtful book is a pleasure for kids and parents alike."--Common Sense Media 5-star review
"A charming take on perspective."-FamilyFun
"Nothing short of stunning."--BuzzWords
"Fascinating, thought-provoking, and completely absorbing."-Booklist>/i>, starred review
"Dazzling"-The Horn Book Magazine
"A great picture book -like Brendan Wenzel's new They All Saw a Cat - reveals a secret about life itself."
"This is one of those picture books that I can honestly say every kid is going to get something out of and enjoy." - Maria Russo, Children's Book Review Editor, The New York Times
"What rich artistic exposure to go with modern messaging about why multiple perspectives matter."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Ingenious... Not only is each illustration its own piece of art, but there is a miniature science lesson on every spread."--Real Simple
"A perfect illustration of different perspectives."--Geek Dad
"Words never do justice to great picture books. You really need to read They All Saw A Cat for yourself to appreciate all that Wenzel has accomplished."--The New York Times
"Such a cool way to illustrate the power of perspective."--Scary Mommy
"Astounding and artful."--The Washington Post
"This is not your usual cat-themed picture book"--The New York Times, Best Books of the Season
"Beautifully imagines a cat through the eyes of all the animals it passes as it walks through the world"- Time Magazine, Top 10 Children's and YA Books of the Year
"Walk a mile in someone else's shoes" is a tough lesson to get across to the under 7 set... but Brendan Wenzel's stunning picture book stealthily embraces that theme with a sense of secret and wonder."--NPR
"A magnificent example of how to tackle complex issues."--The New York Post
"The must-have picture book of the season."--Woman's World
Wall Street Journal Best Children's Books of the Year
The Huffington Post Best Picture Books of the Year
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
New York Times Notable Book of the Year
New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing
Chicago Public Library Best Picture Books of the Year
Charlotte Observer Best Books of the Year
Boston Globe Best Children's Books of the Year
BookPage Best Books of the Yea Top Ten Books of the Year
"To convey that profound shift in a way that a 3-year-old can understand is no small task; to do so in a way that enchants and delights, page after page, is remarkable."--Chicago Tribune
"A brilliantly conceived lesson in how things - in this case, cats - can look very different depending on your point of view."-People Magazine, Best Children's Books of the Year
Indiana Too Good To Miss State Reading List 2018
"How can I describe in words something so inventive and delightful and goofy and insightful and inspiring and full of yet another unexpected way of knowing and thought-provoking and just so wonderful? Wow. YAY!!! " -Molly Bang, Caldecott Honor Award winner