Fletcher and Zenobia
Our story opens with a cat stuck in a tree, an ordinary-enough occurrence. Fletcher the cat, having run up the tree in a moment of thoughtless abandon, cannot get back down. Then strange things begin to happen: Fletcher finds in his tree a steamer trunk full of hats, and among the hats a papier-mâché egg that opens to reveal Zenobia, a worldly talking doll who was locked in the egg by an unfeeling child named Mabel. To cheer each other up, Fletcher and Zenobia decide to throw a party, complete with cake, peach ice cream, and punch from a silver punch bowl. The hats come in handy, and a moth, drawn to the festivities, soon becomes the vehicle of an unexpected escape plan. A story of metamorphosis and friendship, like The Owl and the Pussycat crossed with Alice in Wonderland, Fletcher and Zenobia is a wildly imaginative tale of wish fulfillment and freedom. At once silly and zany, it is not without a certain delicacy of feeling that older children, and adults, will also appreciate.
"When I was young, my favorite picture book was "Fletcher and Zenobia."" Rick Riordan, author of "Percy Jackson & the Olympians " Edward Gorey, known for his macabre sense of humor and somewhat creepy illustrations, teams up with Victoria Chess to produce a whimsical, slightly psychedelic picture book story that I found *very* groovy as the child of hippies. Rick Riordan, "Myth & Mystery "blog"
My favorite picture book [when I was young]. Rick Riordan, "The New York Times ArtsBeat""
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