Last year Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and illustrator Sydney Smith was named a Best Illustrated Children’s Book by The New York Times Book Review… and one year later Sydney Smith is back on the list! The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart and Sydney Smith was just named a Best Illustrated Book by the New York Times!
Sydney’s “distinctive art . . . falls partway between modernist fairy tale and graphic novel, opening an inviting portal between past and present,” notes Maria Popova.
Congratulations, Jo Ellen and Sydney!
The White Cat and the Monk
Written by Jo Ellen Bogart and illustrated by Sydney Smith
A monk leads a simple life. He studies his books late into the evening and searches for truth in their pages. His cat, Pangur, leads a simple life, too, chasing prey in the darkness. As night turns to dawn, Pangur leads his companion to the truth he has been seeking.
The White Cat and the Monk is a retelling of the classic Old Irish poem “Pangur Bán.” With Jo Ellen Bogart’s simple and elegant narration and Sydney Smith’s classically inspired images, this contemplative story pays tribute to the wisdom of animals and the wonders of the natural world.