The White Cat and the Monk

By Jo Ellen Bogart
Illustrated by Sydney Smith

An enchanting retelling of a classic Old Irish poem, brought beautifully to life by the award-winning Sydney Smith, illustrator of Footpath Flowers.

From the illustrator of Footpath Flowers, Sydney Smith, and award-winning author, Jo Ellen Bogart, comes a retelling of the classic Old Irish poem, ‘Pángur Ban’ – the poem that inspired the character of Pangur Bán in the Academy Award nominated animation, The Secret of Kells. The monk in the poem leads a simple life – he studies his books late into the evening, searching for meaning. His cat, Pangur, leads a simple life, too, chasing his prey in the darkness. But as night turns to dawn, can each find what he seeks? Thoughtful readers will be enchanted by this elegant, classically-inspired story which pays tribute to the wisdom of animals and the wonders of the natural world.

  • For all fans of Footpath Flowers and all followers of Sydney Smith's work, both young and old.
  • An artful picture book: atmospheric, beautifully rendered illustrations, with gorgeous contrast between light and dark, transport readers to a 9th century Abbey.
  • Powerfully evokes the comfort animals can bring, and perfectly captures the feeling of reading into the night.

About the author

Jo Ellen Bogart was born in Houston, Texas, and studied both elementary education and psychology at the University of Texas. She has written many award-winning, bestselling children’s books including Jeremiah Learns to Read, illustrated by Laura Fernandez and Rick Jacobson, and Gifts, illustrated by Barbara Reid. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Find her on Twitter as @JoEllenBogart.

About the illustrator

Sydney Smith has illustrated multiple children’s books, including the highly acclaimed Footpath Flowers, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year, winner of the Governor General Award for Illustration and a nominee for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Born in rural Nova Scotia in Canada, Sydney now lives in Toronto. Find him online at and on Twitter as @sydneydraws.

ISBN: 9781406372977
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Dimensions: 203 x 267mm, 36pp
Stock Status: Out of Print
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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