The end of the year is the time in the children’s literature world for the announcements to start coming in of awards and ‘best of the lists’. On Monday Booklist announced their Top of the Lists Editors Choices. The selection for Youth Picture Books is a delightful book about a cat, Nini Lost and Found, by one of my favorite illustrators, Anita Lobel. Nini has appeared before in One Lighthouse, One Moon and Nini Here and There. Happily she’s back for another adventure, daring to explore the world outside her snug, comfortable home. I love the watercolor and gouache illustrations of the serious little cat and her inviting world.
Nini’s return home and her loving reception are reassuring and satisfying. The theme reminds me of a much-loved cat of mine whose main ambition in life seemed to be to go exploring even though she was actually terrified of the world outside. I had more than one fright when she scooted through an open door looking for adventure. Fortunately she, too, really preferred her snug and comfortable home, and always came back. I hope there will be more Nini books and think the editors chose a good book to top their list!