Bruno, the Standing Cat (Hardcover)

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By Nadine Robert, Jean Jullien (Illustrator)
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Bruno is a wonderful little story about being different, but that doesn’t matter if you're friends. Bruno may not do many of the normal cat things, but the things he does do are totally awesome just the same.  I will only let you in on one of the special ways Bruno is different, because I don’t want to give it all away: Bruno does not catch mice, but he loves to chase them on his skateboard!  What I love about Bruno is that he doesn’t really care what others think of him.  He likes to do his own thing, and his friends love him for it.

— From Alex

Spring 2019 Kids Indie Next List

Bruno, the Standing Cat is the book you need! Having a tough day? Read Bruno! Having a great day? Read Bruno! Not a cat person? Doesn’t matter, I’m not either, read Bruno! One of the funniest, cleverest, wittiest, fun-to-read-aloud new picture books this spring. You need Bruno!”
— Kathleen Carey, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY


Meet a silly and absurd cat who's like no cat you've ever met before, in this inventive and unusual book from the illustrator of the picture-book version of John Lennon's song "Imagine."

When a box arrives on Peter's doorstep, he opens it to find Bruno, a cat who is standing up on two legs. It is very odd. Bruno likes to chew bubble gum, play house, and skateboard--and refuses to engage in any catlike behavior. But Peter likes Bruno, and so they become friends and do everything they can think of together.

Jean Jullien (illustrator of the picture-book version of John Lennon's song "Imagine") is an emerging picture-book creator who works in a signature thick black line and bold, flat color. His quirky, subversive humor is childlike at its core, and kids will delight in his light and irreverent approach.

About the Author

JEAN JULLIEN is a French graphic artist living in London. His practice ranges from illustration to photography, video, costumes, installations, books, posters, and clothing to create a coherent yet eclectic body of work. Visit him on the web at and on Instagram at @jean_jullien.

Praise For…

"Bruno’s facial expressions provide most of the laughs—they range from horror to disdain to great delight—and the standing cat’s distinctive personality makes the book well worth sitting down with. "
-Publishers Weekly

"This comical story upends reader expectations and is perfect for group sharing. Its one-dimensional, thick-lined illustrations are positioned on simple backgrounds, often a solid color, which allows young readers to stay focused on Bruno’s antics. . A sweet concluding scene draws this entertaining story about individuality and friendship to a close."

"The simple, cartoonlike illustrations, heavily outlined in black and backgrounded by saturated pastels, are as whimsical as the story. The tuxedo cat's expressions as it regards a bowl of kibble or gets down and boogies are priceless."

Product Details
ISBN: 9780525647140
ISBN-10: 0525647147
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 16th, 2019
Pages: 48
Language: English


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