Bruno : Some of the More Interesting Days in My Life So Far
by Valckx, Catharina; Hubesch, Nicolas (ILT); Shugaar, Antony (TRN)






Bruno the cat recounts six interesting days in his life, from a peculiar day when he joins a fish underwater to an almost perfect day when he makes a list of what would constitute a perfect day and tries to follow it.





A yellow-eyed cat sporting a jaunty blue cap recalls his more interesting days in this quirky collection of vignettes. Ranging from the downright strange (a fish literally out of water follows Bruno to the corner shop) to more plausible scenarios (Bruno and his friends play on the escalators at the train station), the episodes are linked by a unifying thread of Bruno's delight in embracing the experiences that come his way, no matter how unexpected. A unique cast of characters include Ringo, an elderly pony with childlike tendencies, and a canary who chirps only non sequiturs. Though trouble frequently arises, it is always resolved, and everyone goes to bed happy. This delightfully oddball picture book features line drawings with bright colors and a few comic panels, and is visually very appealing. Translated from the French and set in an unnamed European city, the story retains its Continental flavor; caretakers may bristle at chapter titles like "A Stupid Day That Ends Pretty Well," but young readers will be drawn to Bruno's unfailingly positive outlook and opportunistic sense of adventure. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.





Bruno, an anthropomorphic cat whose yellow eyeballs and hipster vibe may remind readers of Pete the Cat, recounts experiences with friends new and old in this French import.Small, gray Bruno walks upright and wears a blue-checked cap on his oversized head. Valckx divides the first-person narrative into six chapters of varying lengths. Each describes a day in Bruno's life, whether odd, damp, sans electricity, dumb, boring, or pretty great. On the first, "peculiar" day, Bruno and his friend "Ringo, the old pony," meet a fish flying through the air then visit her underwater world. The day without power is candlelit and cozy, recounted in just two pages. The rainy day includes a narrow escape from a hungry wolf, and the almost perfect one offers opportunities to play with friends, enjoy ice cream, and (almost) do a good deed. The deadpan tone contrasts humorously with the unlikely events and the quirky all-animal cast. Sophisticated vocabulary and an episodic plot, as well as the relatively lengthy format, suggest that this will be most accessible to older listeners. Hubesch's cartoon-style illustrations, with a palette dominated by blues and creams and slightly wobbly linework that recalls William Steig, feature vaguely European-looking cityscapes and a wide variety of species. Readers and listeners with a taste for the quietly surreal may find this an (almost) perfect option; the rest will find other ways to fill their days, and that's OK. (Fiction. 7-9) Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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