Pigeon & Cat (Hardcover)

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Pigeon & Cat (Hardcover)

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This is a charming new picture book written and illustrated by Ernest Hemingway's youngest grandson, Edward. This tale of a solitary cat in a hostile city, who grows as a person and impacts the character of where he lives due to his caring for an injured pigeon, is a rich reading experience. Emotionally astute, the understated narrative lets Hemingway's clever and expansive drawings accentuate the story and its subtle message. Pigeon's speech through icons will especially delight and engage young readers. Pigeon & Cat has it all: depth, humor, wonder, and intrigue.

— From The Holiday Twenty

Pigeon and Cat form a lasting bond in this poignant picture book about compassion and friendship.

In an abandoned city lot, Cat lives alone in a cardboard box. He leaves only to find food. One day, Cat discovers an unbroken egg too beautiful to eat. Soon, out pecks Pigeon, and they become fast friends. Cat is happy to share his box with Pigeon. But when Pigeon flies far away from where they live, Cat must brave the city in order to rescue his friend. This journey will forever transform his understanding of home.

This heartwarming story explores unlikely friendships, the creative spark within us, and how to give comfort and kindness in small, impactful gestures. It is also a celebration of urban community. 

Edward Hemingway is the acclaimed creator of many popular books: Tough Cookie: A Christmas Story, Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus, and Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship. His writing and artwork have been published in the New York Times, Nickelodeon Magazine, and GQ Magazine, among others. He lives in Bozeman, Montana. He invites you to visit him at edwardhemingway.com.

Product Details ISBN: 9780316311250
ISBN-10: 0316311251
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books
Publication Date: June 21st, 2022
Pages: 40
Language: English
Praise for Pigeon & Cat:
An Entertainment Weekly Recommended Book for Summer 


* "A splendid paean to the power of art to heal, and the trifecta of friendship, persistence, and inclusivity to rebuild community. A delightful book."—School Library Journal, starred review

"A heartwarming tale of a homeless cat whose unlikely friendship with a baby pigeon helps build a community where all are welcome, Pigeon and Cat is a gentle introduction into the complex issue of housing insecurity."—Entertainment Weekly

"An interspecies lovefest starring two urban strays…. A sweet tale celebrating the joys of both personal and communal togetherness."—Kirkus Reviews

"The arrival of a baby pigeon prompts an anxious feline stray to venture outside the confines of his city lot in Hemingway’s heartening picture book…. Stylized mixed-media art maps Cat’s transformation, presenting a muted palette that shifts to vibrant as the compassionate, genuinely moving tale builds to an “all are welcome here” conclusion."—Publishers Weekly

"A loner cat and an adventurous, outgoing bird are paired in this heartwarming story of friendship and community.... Hemingway’s oil-on-board art has an animated quality that jumps off the page…. bright contrasts and dynamic perspectives help bring the city and its inhabitants to life. Along with the main text, all of the dialogue is presented in speech bubbles, which young readers will enjoy deciphering. A satisfying story exploring heart and home."—The Horn Book

"Viewers will enjoy seeing Pigeon bring the community together, and they will appreciate the small details and visual treats in the art."—BCCB

"Hemingway fills his illustrations with entertaining details and variation, creating a dynamic reading experience and a friendship tale worth reading… a heartening conclusion of urban renewal and community."—SLJ

Praise for Tough Cookie: 

"What if the candy-studded cookie in the classic 'Gingerbread Man' tale actually tasted terrible...that's the clever premise of this entertaining story."

The New York Times

"Hemingway bakes up a clever case of mistaken identity in this holiday treat–inspired tale.... The author’s snappy pacing and silly scenarios keep the giggles coming."

Publishers Weekly

"Reminiscent of Lane Smith and Jon Scieszka's fairy-tale retellings.... The fun is in the layout and pacing of the storyline on the page, and the variety of candy and cookie characters, all smiling away. This sweet and silly story is about friendship and making the best of what you've got."

Kirkus Reviews