The Children’s Book Review | May 31, 2016
Written and Illustrated by A.N. Kang
Age Range: 3 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
What to expect: Cats, whimsy, cuddly
Papillon is a very fluffy kitty. And like his French namesake, Papillon can fly like a butterfly!
Papillon (Pappy-YAWN) is lighter than air, and that is a problem. His owner, Ms. Tilly, wants him to stay put at home, and so she concocts all sorts of interesting ideas to keep him there. First, she feeds him lots of delicious treats: pizza, fish and doughnuts. But he still floats! Then, a bowl of spaghetti lands on his head and weighs him down. Eureka! Ms. Tilly then begins devising clothing and hats that will keep Papillon weighed down firmly to the ground. She starts with a crown and medal around his neck, then moves to a sombrero and poncho, a fluffy bunny costume, and finally a full-blown tree costume! Needless to say, Papillon is not pleased with his changing wardrobe. He just wants to fly.
One day, Papillon notices a new friend at the window – a pretty little bird. When the bird flies away, Papillon follows out the window on a grand cross-county adventure. While flying across the spooky forest, Papillon realizes that maybe there is a way to stay safely home, and make friends, too.
Papillon is an adorable book with beautiful illustrations that make you want to reach in to the page and pet the fluffiest kitty around. Papillon is sweet and mischievous (just like children) and full of adventure. However, it’s not too scary or intense for a read before bedtime. Kang is supremely talented, able to combine delightful pictures with pitch-perfect prose that is accessible and fun. Her debut picture book is a delight.
About A.N. Kang
A. N. Kang was born in a little town in South Korea, with endless rice fields around her house. She grew up entertaining herself with picture books, and drew constantly. After moving to the United States as a teenager, she graduated from art school and began to design jewelry, greeting cards, and holiday installations all over New York City. She now lives and works in New Jersey with her sassy cat, Papillon. This is Kang’s debut.
For more information, visit: www.annakangdesign.com
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The Very Fluffy Kitty, Papillon, by A.N. Kang, was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Discover more books like The Very Fluffy Kitty, Papillon by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with A.N. Kang, Adventure, and Cats.