Synopses & Reviews
A new book in the vein of The Story of the Little Mole Who Went in Seach of Whodunit and Elephant Elephant
Gilles Bachelet's cat behaves like any normal cat--sleeping, eating, getting in the way, making a mess--but in this warm and funny picture book he happens to be. . . a very large elephant. Whether he's keeping clean, playing with yarn, or posing for a portrait, this cat has his own unique way of doing things. Readers of all ages will delight in the whimsical and fun illustrations that accompany this "cat's" sweet and silly tale.
"It's a ridiculous proposition, that a man could mistake an elephant for a cat. But French author/artist Bachelet, with droll pen-and-ink illustrations and Gallic wit, pursues the idea's side-splitting implications to their logical end. 'My cat is very fat, very sweet, and very, very silly,' the narrative begins, in what sounds like the usual oafish opening to a second-rate memoir. But the opening image of a sad-eyed elephant jammed uncomfortably into a tiny cat basket is sure to garner a laugh from the get-go. Nimbly drafted vignettes depict the pet curled up on top of the television with his hairy, bony tail hanging down over the weather map. As if the pictures of the elephant in the litter box and the crabby reply to the Natural History museum defending his portrait of his pet's skeleton were not enough, Bachelet launches into a magnificent series of art parodies, with his beloved elephant sorry, cat rendered as if by Ingres, Matisse and a host of other world-renowned painters. Since readers definitely won't be able to have a cat like this in their homes, they had better run out and get this book instead. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
This internationally award-winning book tells the story of Bachelet's "cat" and his normal "cat-like" behavior. The only problem? This "cat" is actually an elephant. Full color.
About the Author
Gilles Bachelet was born in 1952 in Saint Quentin, Aisne. After some training in art at university, which he attended only sporadically, he began illustrating for magazines and other press. Ever since then he has been a professional illustrator. For four years, Gilles Bachelet has taught illustration at the Ecole Supérieure d'Art in Cambrai, France.