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They All Saw a Cat (School And Library) (Brendan Wenzel) - image 1 of 1
They All Saw a Cat (School And Library) (Brendan Wenzel) - image 1 of 1
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About the Book

In simple, rhythmic prose and stylized pictures, a cat walks through the world, and all the other creatures see and acknowledge the cat.

Book Synopsis

They 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
Both simple and ingenious in concept, Wenzel's book feels like a game changer. -The Huffington Post

The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . . In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?

If you and your child liked Ricky the Rock That Couldn't Roll, The Wonderful Things You Will Be, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Finding Winnie, or Radiant Child - you'll love They All Saw A Cat.

Additional categories include:

  • Award Winning Picture Books
  • Award Winning Childrens Books
  • Kindergarten Level Books
  • Preschool Reading Books

Review Quotes

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

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

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 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.-
-Twenty by Jenny

The Huffington Post Best Picture Books of the Year

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

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

This is not your usual cat-themed picture book--The New York Times, Best Books of the Season

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

This smart, thoughtful book is a pleasure for kids and parents alike.--Common Sense Media 5-star review

Thought provoking, entertaining and smart, it's one of the best picture books you'll see this year.--Bookpage

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

Visual storytelling at its best. -Christian Robinson, Caldecott Honor winning illustrator of The Last Stop on Market Street

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

Wall Street Journal Best Children's Books of the Year

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

What rich artistic exposure to go with modern messaging about why multiple perspectives matter.--San Francisco Chronicle

With each turn of the page, the reader is given the opportunity to also see how the cat is viewed.--Books and Whatnot

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

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.
Dimensions (Overall): 9.1 Inches (H) x 11.2 Inches (W) x .4 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.1 Pounds
Suggested Age: 4-8 Years
Number of Pages: 44
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Cats
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
Format: Library
Author: Brendan Wenzel
Language: English
Street Date: August 30, 2016
TCIN: 51570473
UPC: 9781452150130
Item Number (DPCI): 059-03-2532
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship dimensions: 11.2 inches length x 0.4 inches width x 9.3 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1 pounds
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews
100% would recommend
1 recommendations

My 6 year old loves it

5 out of 5 stars
Chavapa - 11 months ago, Verified purchaser
The story is simple yet very entretaining in pair with the illustrations, it sparked a lot of questions and curiosity, my son is in awe now knowing not all animals have the same sight, and I tried to explain to him, its not only the phisical way we look at things, its also the emotional way, the percieved social way, not everyone loves a cat (he loves them), love talking about the end too, its an awesome book
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Beautiful book!!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Reet - 6 years ago
I loved this book when I saw it and I am happy to say that every child I've shared it with loves it as well! I had to read it 5 times in a row initially. What a great concept and incredible perspective! The illustrations are tremendous.
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