The Cat From Hunger Mountain – Ed Young

51q9sdiqbql The Cat From Hunger Mountain – Ed Young, Philomel Books, (9780399172786), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture book

What did you like about the book?  Stunning collage illustrations tell the story of a wealthy and arrogant cat who finally learns to appreciate his blessings.  The illustrations which include photos, patterned paper, string and textured paper are visually beautiful.   The Lord Cat lives in a tall pagoda and wears fine clothes made of silk with threads of gold.  He also wastes half of the food he is served.  “When Lord Cat’s servants asked if their master had finished his meal, they were scolded. ‘Are you blind? Can’t you see that the bowl is half-empty? Take it away.’”  When a drought strikes the land the villagers move away, but the stubborn lord stays until he is starving.  He is led to a monk who feeds the hungry and finds that the monk is able to feed the needy with the rice the Lord Cat had thrown into the river.  “He realized that he had been fed with his own wasted food. And for the first time ever, he knew what it felt like to be truly blessed.”  Another gorgeously illustrated fable from Ed Young.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Those who enjoy Ed Young’s original folktales will enjoy his newest title.  Hand it to fans of Chinese folktales and Aesop’s fables.  This is a good fable to teach children about wastefulness and gratefulness.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 1/15/17             

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