The Travelling Cat Chronicles is precisely the chronicles of a cat who travels with his companion (or owner, whatever you prefer) ostensibly to find a new home for the cat but the journey is, in actuality, a farewell in the most final sense of the word to people and places befriended and experienced. Yes, I am the queen of long sentences but hopefully that one made sense.
The novel is told, mostly, from the viewpoint of the cat, Nana, whose perspective is simple, blunt, and profound for these very reasons. Giving the prose some texture and depth are the flashbacks or memories that crop up every time Nana’s companion/owner meets a friend.
The Travelling Cat Chronicles tells a story of friendship between a cat and his person, love between friends, and just love in general. The relationships spoken of and illustrated in this novel are complex with layers and flavours akin to real life. The reader (in this case me) senses very early on that there is more to the journey than Satoru divulges. There is a sense of an end, a poignancy to his actions, that he cannot quite hide. Nana senses it but does not explicitly state it unless someone else does. But this end is not the story. Their friendship is.
The story is profound and easy to read. It is not tragic, perhaps because as a cat Nana has very different reactions towards what humans label tragedy. It is beautiful though and infused with the kind of hope that all good stories are. I recommend it.
The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves: Young Adult 320 pages Published November 7th 2017 HarperTeen Marcos Rivas wants to find love. He’s sure as hell not getting it at home, where his mom’s racist boyfriend beats him up. Or from his boys, who aren’t exactly the “hug it out” type. Marcos yearsn for love, […]
The Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award is “presented by The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English (ALAN), is an annual award in the United States for a book that exemplifies literary excellence, widespread appeal, and a positive approach to life in young adult literature. It is named for Amelia […]
Three awesome picturebooks with a central child-grandparent relationship: Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki and Qin Leng Hana’s visit to Ojichan in the summer had been full of his beautiful violin music. Hana’s beloved grandfather had long ago been Second Violin in an orchestra in Kyoto, and at home, Hana is determined to play […]
Armond Goes to a Party by Nancy Carlson and Armond Isaak Armond likes to sit quietly and read. He likes things to be calm, orderly, and structured. He doesn’t like loud noises, strong smells, or surprises. So when Armond’s mother tells him it’s time to go to a birthday party for his friend Felicia, Armond […]
We’ve got a display area in the children’s section of our library that we switch up every month to showcase different items in our collection. Since May is Asian Heritage Month here in Canada, we’ve been filling our display with books by Asian authors and illustrators from around the world. In no particular order, here […]
Having arrived from Korea, Jennifer’s grandmother, Halmoni, is just in time for the Grandparents’ Day celebration at school and, despite not knowing the language or customs, attends proudly at the side of her granddaughter. Jennifer’s grandmother has arrived from Korea just in time for Grandparents’ Day at school, and Jennifer isn’t sure about having Halmoni […]
Congratulations to Nafiza! Nafiza’s debut novel, The Candle and the Flame, has been acquired by Scholastic. Mark your calendars: this gem is coming out in 2019. The photo, taken from Publishers Weekly’s Rights Report for the week of April 9, reads: Lisa Sandell at Scholastic has acquired Nafiza Azad’s debut, The Candle and the Flame. Set in […]
Whenever people talk about Pa, they call him a real kind man, a real mensch. He’d give anyone store credit. You don’t have to be a millionaire businessman like Simon Bernstein to know that letting customers walk out with free groceries is a terrible money-making strategy. I’m definitely sure it’s the reason we’re trapped in […]
*throws streamers* *throws confetti* *bakes a cake* Like books and comics? Put A Blurb On It is a podcast in which Yash and Ardo – and sometimes special guests – discuss just those things. The teaser trailer was released July 21, 2017; the ninth episode (not including the trailer) was released four days ago. Speaking […]