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About Nelly Buchet
Nelly Buchet is the author of 2021 Irma Black Award winner and ALA Notable Book Cat Dog Dog: The Story of a Blended Family (Schwartz and Wade at Penguin Random House, 2020, with art by Andrea Zuill), a Junior Library Guild, 2021 CCBC "Best of the Year" List, Indie Next 2020 List, Amazon’s “Best of 2020 for ages 3-5,” Chicago Public Library “Best Fiction for Younger Readers of 2020” and Iowa Public Radio “Best New Books for Children and Teens” selection. Kirkus Reviews gives it a star and Shelf Awareness calls it a "picture book magnum opus." She is also the author of the upcoming Can’t Do! board book series (Bonnier Books UK, 2021, with art by Pau Morgan) and four new picture books, including How to Train Your Pet Brain (Beaming Books, 2022, with art by Amy Jindra).
Born in Paris, Nelly studied philosophy at McGill University, where she created a nonprofit project that brings picture books to refugee children in orphanages and libraries. For her work she was awarded a Dalai Lama Fellowship and Quebec’s most generous grant recognizing youth entrepreneurship and social justice. She has taught nonviolent conflict resolution in schools and spoken at the Bologna International Book Fair. Nelly recently moved to Berlin, where she spends her free time watching other people’s dogs play. @nellybuchetbooks
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Cat and Dog live with their human in a suburban house with a big backyard. Sure, they fight like.... well, cats and dogs, but they're used to one another. Dog-- a different dog-- lives a happy only child life in the city with his dad. He has the bed to himself, he never has to share his toys, and that's the way he likes it. So what happens when the Dog's dad and Cat and Dog's mom move in together? Well, it's chaotic. There's not enough room on the bed, for starters. But as the seasons pass, the three animals become a trio and learn to (mostly) love one another. Just as they're settling into a cozy life as a threesome, along comes..... a baby! This laugh-out-loud picture book, which is the recipient of The Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature, cleverly uses two repeating words and is sure to strike a chord with kids dealing with the ups-and-downs of settling into a blended family of their own.
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