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The White Cat and the Monk

A Retelling of the Poem “Pangur Bán”

by Jo Ellen Bogart, illustrated by Sydney Smith

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Description

A monk leads a simple life. He studies his books late into the evening and searches for truth in their pages. His cat, Pangur, leads a simple life, too, chasing prey in the darkness. As night turns to dawn, Pangur leads his companion to the truth he has been seeking.

The White Cat and the Monk is a retelling of the classic Old Irish poem “Pangur Bán.” With Jo Ellen Bogart’s simple and elegant narration and Sydney Smith’s classically inspired images, this contemplative story pays tribute to the wisdom of animals and the wonders of the natural world.

About the Authors

Jo Ellen Bogart

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Sydney Smith is a NSCAD University graduate living in Toronto. Well-known for his artwork for local musicians, he is the illustrator of The Dread Crew, Mabel Murple, There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen, and Toes in My Nose. His cover art for Migration Songs won Saltyink.com’s “Judge a Book By Its Cover” competition.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 8
Reading age:
4 to 8
Awards
  • Commended, Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices List
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Commended, NCTE Notable Poetry List
  • Commended, USBBY's Outstanding International Books List
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, starred selection
  • Commended, Brain Pickings' Best Children's Books of 2016
  • Commended, The NP99: The Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, Quill & Quire Reviewer Pick
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature – Illustrated Books
  • Commended, The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books
  • Commended, CBC Best Books of 2016
  • Commended, SLJ's Best of 2016
Editorial Reviews

The stylized artwork captures the timeless beauty of the poem in this simple yet meaningful picturebook, highly recommended.

— Midwest Book Review

The text’s subtle moral is timeless but also sings with elegiac timeliness — what a wonderful counterpoint to modern life’s hamster wheel of achievement and approval, this idea that there is poetry in every pursuit executed with purposefulness and savored with uncompetitive joy.

— The New York Times

The adaptation . . . is as unostentatious as the watercolor-and-ink illustrations, which meld a medieval spirit with a modern sense of cartooning, a juxtaposition that is fresh and seems entirely right.

— Horn Book

If you want to treat yourself to a superb picture book, treat yourself to this one.

— Kirkus Reviews

Author Jo Ellen Bogart has provided an unembellished, thoughtful text that pays tribute to the value of perseverance and dedication for one's vocation, be it humble or exalted.

— Canadian Children's Book News

Smith . . . imbues the text with contemporary visual language through his singular, elegantly minimalist graphic novel aesthetic.

— Brain Pickings

Truly a wonderful book, THE WHITE CAT AND THE MONK expresses the richness of the relationship between the two characters.

— Canadian Review of Materials

The watercolor-and-ink artwork has both heft and humor, especially in the joyful depictions of the manuscripts...Readers who consider the story’s underlying messages about necessities, companionship, and fulfillment will come away enriched.

— Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

... a sophisticated and subtle story about the pursuit of joy—one that will easily resonate with readers young and old.

— Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

If ever there was a book that could calm a child and draw her into meditative contemplation (perhaps right before bed?), The White Cat and the Monk is it.

— Quill and Quire, STARRED REVIEW

...lyrical yet easily understood...Contentment and joy are reflected in text and image

— Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

This is a great book for any group of readers . . . a great book to introduce to kids who may not think they like poetry.

— The Children's Writer's Guide

A stunningly illustrated meditative ode to the simple joys of human-animal companionship and the pursuit of knowledge.

— School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

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