Six linked stories full of friendship, silliness, and the little moments that make life good

Bruno, the cat in the checkered cap, takes life as it comes. When it’s too rainy to go outside, his friends come around for breakfast. When a fish invites him into the river, he follows it. Why not! When the canary forgets how to talk, Bruno helps out.

Days come and go, and for Bruno they always bring something interesting. And once in a while, a day comes along that is just about perfect!


Catharina Valckx has written and illustrated over thirty books and been nominated four times for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Her books are published in over eleven languages and have won numerous awards.

Nicolas Hubesch studied illustration in Strasbourg and lives in Paris, where he works as a children’s book illustrator. He is also well known for his comics, which are published in many magazines.


Readers and listeners with a taste for the quietly surreal may find this an (almost) perfect option.

Kirkus Reviews

The concluding three pages – making Bruno’s day perfect – constitute a gem of verbal and visual story-telling.

The Source

Netherlands-born Catharina Valckx has a writing style that seems to revel in obliqueness and gentle surrealism, well complemented here by French illustrator Nicolas Hubesch’s wobbly-line cartooning. Bruno is a book that blends the mundane and the bizarre to interesting effect and may appeal to quirky primary-schoolers.

The Financial Times

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