Bruno: Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far by Catharina Valckx, illustrated by Nicolas Hubesch

Bruno: Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far by Catharina Valckx, illustrated by Nicolas Hubesch. Gecko Press, 2017.  9781776571246

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Bruno, a cat in a blue cap, tells the reader about his life, where some days are good, some are bad and some are just plain weird. The setting is a European town and the characters are various animals, including: Ringo, a horse; Bup, a fish; Georgette, a turtledove; and Gloria, a cow. Like people, they go on walks and eat snacks. Like animals, they do sometimes want to eat one another. Completely captivating illustrations take center stage here, the style a cross between William Steig and Richard Scarry. At 86 pages, this will appeal to established readers who like a bit of quirky, funny, quiet randomness.

Anything you didn’t like about it? 

To whom would you recommend this book?  It’s an odd little duck of a book. Not sure who I’d give this to – maybe graphic novel fans.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels? Fiction?

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If you like quirky, funny, quiet randomness, then yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: March 12, 2017

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