Synopses & Reviews
Akiro draws only cats . . . cats, cats, and more cats! This artistic tendency leads him to an adventure one dayand#151;an adventure that will change his life. Go on a journey in this folktale retold by Anushka Ravishankar with intricate illustrations by Christine Kastl in watercolors and ink on rice paper.
"A humorous narrative voice and careful ink-and-watercolor illustrations make this an engaging retelling of a classic Japanese legend. After being shuttled off to a temple by his parents, Akiro tries to train as a priest, but he doesn't last long. After the priest tells him he lacks the temperament for that role, 'Akiro did not know what a temperament was, but he realized he was being told to leave.' The climactic battle in which the cats Akiro obsessively draws save him from a goblin rat is suspenseful and just a tad gruesome. An enjoyable reminder that seemingly pointless talents and preoccupations can bear unexpected fruit. Ages 5 up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Storytellers, students of folklore and those who appreciate seeing the work of international children's-book creators will all welcome this intriguing import" - Kirkus
Akiro does nothing but draw cats - but even cat-drawing can lead to adventure!
About the Author
Anushka Ravishankar: Anushka Ravishankar, a widely published childrenand#8217;s writer, is easily one of Indiaand#8217;s most recognized name in childrenand#8217;s writing. A playwright, poet, publisher and translator among other things, Anushkaand#8217;s writing has won several awards and critical acclaim all over the world.
Christine Kastl: Christine Kastl grew up in Germany. She studied art and design North Germany and illustration in Strasbourg (France) at the ESAD (Ecole Supand#233;rieure des Arts Dand#233;coratifs). In 2007, she was awarded the Kunstfand#246;rderpreis Friedrichshafen, a prestigious art award.