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The Cat From Hunger Mountain

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The Cat From Hunger Mountain

by Ed Young
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Caldecott Medalist Ed Young delivers a visually stunning, poignant story about humility, wastefulness, and appreciating what one has.
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2016!
An Amazon Best Book of the Year!
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year!
"Young creates a stunning visual symphony with a surprising and unsettling emotional power."—New York Times Book Review
* "The well-paced fable is visually stunning . . . Young is at the height of his powers in this fable that offers a feast for the eyes, mind, and soul. A visual masterpiece."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Caldecott-winning author/illustrator Young has created another stunning and meaningful picture book to be enjoyed by all ages. This book is exquisite in text, tone, and illustration. A compelling fable that is crucial for humanity and will spark meaningful classroom conversations."—School Library Journal, starred review
* "Young weaves an elegant cautionary fable."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
In a place called Hunger Mountain there lives a lord who has everything imaginable yet never has enough. To satisfy his every desire, he hires builders to design the tallest pagoda; a world-famous tailor to make his clothing from silk and gold threads; and a renowned chef to cook him lavish meals with rice from the lord's own fields. What more could he possibly want?
Yet when drought plagues the land, Lord Cat is faced with his first taste of deep loss, he ventures down the mountain and what he discovers will change his life forever.
Rendered in exquisite mixed-media collage, Caldecott Medalist Ed Young's deceptively simple fable is a deeply affecting tale about appreciating the value of treasures that need not be chased.


Caldecott Medalist Ed Young delivers a visually stunning, poignant story about humility, wastefulness, and appreciating what one has.
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2016!
An Amazon Best Book of the Year!
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year!
"Young creates a stunning visual symphony with a surprising and unsettling emotional power."—New York Times Book Review
* "The well-paced fable is visually stunning . . . Young is at the height of his powers in this fable that offers a feast for the eyes, mind, and soul. A visual masterpiece."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Caldecott-winning author/illustrator Young has created another stunning and meaningful picture book to be enjoyed by all ages. This book is exquisite in text, tone, and illustration. A compelling fable that is crucial for humanity and will spark meaningful classroom conversations."—School Library Journal, starred review
* "Young weaves an elegant cautionary fable."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
In a place called Hunger Mountain there lives a lord who has everything imaginable yet never has enough. To satisfy his every desire, he hires builders to design the tallest pagoda; a world-famous tailor to make his clothing from silk and gold threads; and a renowned chef to cook him lavish meals with rice from the lord's own fields. What more could he possibly want?
Yet when drought plagues the land, Lord Cat is faced with his first taste of deep loss, he ventures down the mountain and what he discovers will change his life forever.
Rendered in exquisite mixed-media collage, Caldecott Medalist Ed Young's deceptively simple fable is a deeply affecting tale about appreciating the value of treasures that need not be chased.


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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from October 3, 2016
    Young (Should You Be a River) weaves an elegant cautionary fable about Lord Cat, who lives “high above everyone” in a lofty pagoda. Young’s evocative, abstract paper collages convey the vulgar opulence—and later the terrifying scarcity—of Lord Cat’s existence. He hires a peacock to tailor a cream-colored kimono, sends birds of prey to bring him game animals, and has a panda wash his rice in the river and prepare his meals (“Can’t you see that the bowl is half-empty? Take it away,” Lord Cat commands). He lives as though material supplies are infinite, but a persistent drought brings an end to his prosperity. Downriver from Hunger Mountain, Lord Cat hears of “a kind monk in a modest temple nearby who gave free food to the hungry” and discovers what became of all the rice he threw away. Young crafts his images from a variety of patterned papers and photographs, a repurposing that gracefully echoes the story’s themes. Tellingly, he dedicates this elegant story to “the strange virtue in deprivation,” foreshadowing Lord Cat’s revelation while inviting interpretation and conversation. Ages 4–8. Agent: Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis.

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