Bruno Cover Gecko Press

I kept thinking "I want more books like this!" as I was reading.

School Library Journal (US)



Interlinked stories by a top children’s writer and renowned comic artist about Bruno the cat and his friends full of friendship, silliness, and dry humour.


  • Product Description

    Bruno, the cat in the checkered cap, takes life as it comes.

    When it’s too rainy to go outside, he rustles up an inside picnic with his friends. When he meets a fish swimming in the air, he follows it. Why not! When the canary forgets how to sing and can only speak gibberish, Bruno helps out.

    Days come and go, and they always bring something interesting. And once in a while, a day comes along that is just about perfect! These six linked stories by a top children’s writer and renowned comic artist are full of friendship, silliness, and the little moments that make life good.

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin France
    Reader Age 6-8 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. :

      It’s not absurdity for absurdity’s sake, but a friendly take on the unusual. It could be a heavily-disguised message about taking whatever the world throws at you… But way above all that it’s just a joyfully silly read.

    2. :

      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.

    3. :

      Like people, they go on walks and eat snacks. Like animals, they do sometimes want to eat one another. Completely captivating illustrations take center stage here, the style a cross between William Steig and Richard Scarry.

    4. :

      [Children] get the jokes, and the silliness, and I love seeing what cracks them up about each different story. The lines are so dead-pan, but brilliantly delivered, and the illustrations are bold and perfectly detailed to enhance the text.

    5. :

      Illustrated with jaunty, Tintin-style drawings, Valckx’s hero, a cat named Bruno, recounts days in which the fantastic and the ordinary collide… Readers will note right away that even Bruno’s normal circumstances are pretty wacky (why are those boars driving that car?); it’s these casual ventures into the surreal that give Valckx’s story its charm.

    6. :

      I kept thinking “I want more books like this!” as I was reading.

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