They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

They All Saw a Cat

Written by Brendan Wenzel
Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

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October 2016 Book of the Month A stylized, colourful picture book that highlights the power of perception and will gently introduce young readers to the concept that we all see the world a little differently. It harnesses not only the visual but also touches on the effect of spatial awareness and emotions such as fear to show how it can influence what we see and our reactions. The bold, vivid illustrations work together with simple, rhythmic prose to provide plenty of opportunities for discussion with your young readers as they embark on a new journey of exploration alongside the cat. Each animal’s vision of the cat is informed by a combination of proximity, physiology and emotion, in a quietly brilliant demonstration of the power of perception. ~ Shelley Fallows

A Piece of Passion from Ginee Seo, Chronicle Book's children’s publishing director 'I feel a bit embarrassed using this cliché, but as soon as I saw the proposal, I felt I was looking at an instant classic ...They All Saw a Cat is so intelligent and well thought-out that from the very first words and images that you know you’re in the hands of someone who is confident and knows what he is doing. Brendan’s writing is spare and has a rhythm and pacing that is unusual for an artist to achieve. And his art has a sense of movement that is just beautiful. As an editor, I knew immediately that this was really rare.'


They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

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. Brendan Wenzel takes readers on an imaginary walk alongside a cat. But while a child sees a cat that is soft and fluffy, a goldfish only sees terrible yellow eyes distorted by the lens of his fishbowl, a mouse mostly registers ferocious teeth and claws, and a bat sees a cat-shaped collection of white dots illuminating the dark.

So, when you see a cat, what do you see?


'A joyous exploration of perspective... A perfect picture book!' —Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Caldecott Honor winning illustrator of Green

'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 Last Stop on Market Street

'In my 20 years as a librarian and a bookseller, I have rarely seen a picture book as clever and full of depth' —Cathy Berner, Bookseller, Blue Willow Books

About the Author

Brendan Wenzel

Brendan Wenzel is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of the Pratt Institute, his work has appeared in animations, magazines and children’s books including Some Bugs and Some Pets authored by Angela DiTerlizzi.

They All Saw a Cat is his debut as both author and illustrator.

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44 pages


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Chronicle Books

Publication date

30th August 2016




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