About the BookIn simple, rhythmic prose and stylized pictures, a cat walks through the world, and all the other creatures see and acknowledge the cat.
Book SynopsisThey All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel - New York Times bestseller and 2017 Caldecott Medal and Honor Book An ingenious idea, gorgeously realized. -Shelf Awareness, starred review
Review QuotesA 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 A charming take on perspective.-FamilyFun A great picture book -like Brendan Wenzel's new They All Saw a Cat - reveals a secret about life itself.--NPR.org 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 A magnificent example of how to tackle complex issues.--The New York Post A novel exploration of perspective. A lovely debut.-- Carson Ellis, bestselling author/illustrator of HOME A perfect illustration of different perspectives.--Geek Dad A powerful, rhythmic juxtaposition between word and image... it's marvelous.-Publishers Weekly, starred review 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. Along with inviting more reflective viewers to ruminate about perception and subjectivity, the cat's perambulations offer elemental visual delights.-Kirkus Reviews Amazon.com Top Ten Books of the Year An ingenious idea, gorgeously realized.--Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review Astounding and artful.--The Washington Post 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 BookPage Best Books of the Yea Boston Globe Best Children's Books of the Year Both simple and ingenious in concept, Wetzel's book feels like a gamechanger.-The Huffington Post 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 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 Charlotte Observer Best Books of the Year Chicago Public Library Best Picture Books of the Year Dazzling-The Horn Book Magazine 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 Excellent... brilliantly simple.--Cindy Dobrez, Bookends: A Booklist Blog Fascinating, thought-provoking, and completely absorbing.-Booklist>/i>, starred review 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 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 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 Indiana Too Good To Miss State Reading List 2018 Ingenious... Not only is each illustration its own piece of art, but there is a miniature science lesson on every spread.--Real Simple New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing New York Times Notable Book of the Year Nothing short of stunning.--BuzzWords School Library Journal Best Books of the Year Seems so light on its little cat feet but goes right to the core of human experience. A keeper.-Shelf Awareness Simple yet surprisingly sophisticated. beautifully conceived.-The Wall Street Journal Simple yet surprisingly sophisticated... beautifully conceived.--The Wall Street Journal Simply brilliant.--Cool Mom Picks Such a cool way to illustrate the power of perspective.--Scary Mommy SUCH a cool book on point of view that it's a must-read, must-own book.--Imagination Soup The must-have picture book of the season.--Woman's World The rhyme in this book is so perfected, its positively Seussian. Wenzel has untapped the formula for what makes a picture book work.-
About The AuthorBrendan 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.