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Nini the cat is very, very worried. She loves her comfortable windowsill perch in her sunny home in the city. But the clues are clear: Nini's people are going away. Will they take her? Or will they leave her? And if they take her (and, oh, she hopes they do), will she like wherever it is they are going? Will it feel like home?
Anita Lobel's masterful picture book is for anyone who adores cats and for anyone who has ever moved to a new place. But most of all, it is for anyone who loves coming home.
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Anita Lobel's name is synonymous with the best in children's literature. She is the creator of such classics as Alison's Zinnia and Away from Home, and she received a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in On Market Street. She is the creator of two books about her cat, Nini, One Lighthouse, One Moon (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Nini Here and There. Her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Anita Lobel lives in New York City.From Booklist:
*Starred Review* "Oh no," thinks Nini the cat. "They are going away without me." Just a few words on each page tell the minimal story of a striped tabby who watches her owners pack for a big trip. But Nini isn't left behind. She is zipped into a carrier (the much-loathed "big black thing"), where she falls asleep and dreams of wild capers and then awakens to find that she's been brought to a beautiful countryside home, her people by her side. Although there is more situation than story here, the artwork makes this picture book an endearing delight. Irresistible Nini steals the show in full-page portraits painted with Lobel's usual sensitivity in watercolor and gouache. With just tiny modifications of lines and angles, Lobel coaxes distinct expressions out of Nini's whiskered face, from her accusatory glare when the suitcases appear to her alert contentment during her dreamed adventures to the shadow of a smile she wears when she discovers her new home. And with equal subtlety, Lobel captures a family's warmth and togetherness without ever showing a human face. In brilliant colors and beautifully arranged compositions of a family's detritus--clothes, bags, books, boots, golf clubs, and guitars--she finds sweet order and hints of messy, loving moments within the chaos. Gillian Engberg
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Book Description Greenwillow Books, 2007. Condition: New. Anita Lobel (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0060787678
Book Description Greenwillow Books, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0060787678
Book Description Greenwillow Books, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110060787678