Monday, July 09, 2018

Felix



Giovanna Zoboli and Simona Mulazzani team up again to make another beautiful book, this time about a domestic cat.  

Felix likes his cozy home—his window, his books, his owner's leg, his balcony overlooking the city. 

But one night he becomes curious about his relatives around the globe. He tours the world visiting tigers in India, snow leopards in China, a lynx in Russia and other (to Felix) exotic relatives. Many invite him to dinner. 

There are little cultural or natural references in each home that Felix visits. The African lions sleep on beautifully patterned rugs. Mr. Lynx offers Felix bikinis and caviar, the panther lounges on a tree with a sleeping parrot. 

Most hosts give him a memento of his short visit. But he returns home without these mementos. Perhaps it was all a fabulous dream!

Simona Mulazzani's illustrations in pencil and gouache (or acrylic?) are lush, reminiscent of Henri Rousseau's, and make Felix a luxurious dream.


(Thank you to Eerdmans for the review copy.)


Read an interview with Simona Mulazzani and Linda Ashman here: A Visit with Simona Mulazzani