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Children's Fiction Pets


illustrated by Matthew Forsythe

Simon & Schuster
Initial publish date
Feb 2022
Pets, Emotions & Feelings, Parents
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
Recommended Reading age
4 to 8
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2022
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2022
    List Price
    $11.88 USD

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Named Best Picture Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews and Shelf Awareness

From the creator of the acclaimed and beloved Pokko and the Drum comes an emotionally resonant picture book about trust, worry, and loyalty between a father and daughter.

Mina and her father live in a hollowed-out tree stump on the edge of a pond on the edge of a forest. Nothing ever bothers Mina, until one day, her father brings home a suspicious surprise from the woods.

Should Mina trust her father—or listen to her own instincts?

About the author


Matthew Forsythe crée des bandes dessinées, des albums illustrés et des modèles pour l'animation. Sa bande dessinée Ojingogo a été en lice pour le prix Eisner à deux reprises, et il était le graphiste en chef de l'émission télévisée Adventure Time. Aux Éditions Scholastic, il a illustré Je m'appelle Catherine d'Annika Dunklee. Pour faciliter ses recherches, Matthew a été de mauvaise humeur tout le long de la création de ce livre. Il habite à Montréal.


Matthew Forsythe makes comics and picture books and designs for animation. His comic Ojingogo was noMinated twice for an Eisner Award, and he was the lead designer on the TV show Adventure Time. For research purposes, he was in a bad mood the whole time he drew this book. Matthew lives in Montreal.


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Editorial Reviews

“[Mina] will feel exactly right to every bookworm lucky enough to find this treasure. . . . [A] funny (for all ages!) picture book, beautifully illustrated and full of unexpected details.”
Shelf Awareness for Readers (Starred Review)

“The art really steals the show, especially the sly-eyed, oversized cat who looms over the pages with razor-sharp claws . . . Simple dialogue and stealthy repetition will boost a budding reader while some of the more sophisticated vocabulary will stretch their skills, and a surprise saviour provides an opportunity for dramatic interpretation during a humorous read aloud.”
Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books (Starred Review)

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