Shortlisted for Hsin-Yi Children’s Literature Award for Best Original Picture Book.
Everyone needs nonverbal companionship.
As the world changes, the warmth of a quiet pet’s accompany will always stay on.
I know she hears me.
she knows I’m here daily.
she knows I come to the park daily because Daddy cannot play with me.
I know she waits for me daily.
-The Cat with Old Man’s Face
Blending reality with fantasy, this book explores the theme of the role pets play in the pseudo single parent family. Most of the time, the nonverbal companionship of a pet does more than the verbal exchanges of humans, like how a person and a cat (or dog) would sit quietly together under the vast sky. Facing the absence of the father, the child seeks comfort from the quiet companionship of a stray cat in the park…
“I’d like to depict the nonverbal companionship between animals and humans as well as the brand new world that follows after letting go of a family member.”--Manini-Wei