Welcome to a special post featuring A.N. Kang’s picture book debut Papillon: The Very Fluffy Kitty and a fabulous giveaway, courtesy of Disney-Hyperion! Read on to find out more about the series and how you can enter to win a prize pack featuring Papillon!
I have read a fair number of picture books about cats and kittens in my time so far as a children’s librarian and reviewer. One might think that I’ve experienced it all- I have already seen everything in picture books that could be done around and about kitties, right?! But no! Because, thanks to the ridiculously adorable work of A.N. Kang, I have recently met a fluffy, floating kitten named Papillon and he has entered the echelon of one of the most adorably written and illustrated kittens I have seen in picture books.
Papillon, as we learn right away, is a very big kitty who happens to be able to float as he is ‘lighter than air’. He has a very loving owner, Miss Tilly, who cannot help but worry for Papillon: what if one day he floats away and gets lost? So, in trying to keep Papillon safe and close to the ground, Miss Tilly tries different ways of weighing down Papillon. After feeding Papillon heaps and heaps of delicious food don’t do enough to weigh him down, Miss Tilly tries to costume him in various outfits. Papillon does want any of that and refuses to wear even an eyepatch. Alas, one day Miss Tilly’s biggest worry comes to fruition when Papillon spots an adorable little friend (a tiny red bird) and follows him out the window and far, far, away from home. Kang does a wonderful job showing Papillon’s adventures and contrasting- through colour and tone- the safe world that Papillon is used to with that of the scarier, bigger, uncertain world. With just a little dose of worry, Kang brings the story back to a hopeful end as tiny bird and Papillon work together to try and make it back home. To the happy relief of likely all readers, a good and lovely ending indeed meets Papillon, Miss Tilly, as well as his little bird friend!
For any readers who love a gently funny and cuter than cute , feel-good story (either for a read aloud or quiet read), I would definitely recommend Papillon: The Very Fluffy Kitty. A.N. Kang’s work is impressive and smart for a debut: using one remarkably likable and captivating character with a little twist, this story is simple, charming and will likely delight readers of all ages. And, of course, Kang’s illustrations are a little slice of darling- so beautiful and pleasing! Readers who have enjoyed picture books such as Fran Vischer’s Fuddles, Linda Newbery’s Posy, Sam Lloyd’s Mr. Pusskins titles or similarly sweet animal or cat titles, might especially love meeting and reading about Papillon.
A SPECIAL PEAK INSIDE THE BOOK
Read on for more about Papillon and how to enter the giveaway!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Papillon: The Very Fluffy Kitty by A.N. Kang
Release date: September 6, 2016
Papillon is a very fluffy kitty. So fluffy that he’s lighter than air! His owner tries to weigh him down, but Papillon just wants to fly.
One particularly sunny day, he floats right out the window! Exploring the wide world is exhilarating, but it’s also a little scary. Will his new friend, a bird, be able to help him find his way home?
Whimsical art and airy text come together seamlessly in this delightful debut by A. N. Kang.
ABOUT THE CREATOR
A. N. Kang (www.annakangdesign.com) 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.
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One (1) winner will receive:
- a copy of Papillon: The Very Fluffy Kitty
- PLUS a set of branded Magnet Cat Doll Sheets
Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.
The giveaway is now closed and the winner has been contacted! Thank you to everyone who participated!
The giveaway will run from September 14th to September 21st, 2016. The winning entry will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter. All entries will be verified. Winner has by end of day September 23rd, 2016 to respond to me via email at fabbookreviews[at]gmail[dot]com with their mailing address, or a new entry will be drawn. Enter by clicking on the following link to Rafflecopter and follow the instructions to enter!
A copy of this title was send courtesy of Disney-Hyperion for the purposes of this post and giveaway. Disney-Hyperion is also providing a prize pack for one winner from my site. Review opinions and comments are my own.
I like Puss ‘n Boots.
Tom Kitten from Beatrix Potter is really cute.