The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart and Sydney Smith has been named a Best Illustrated Book by the New York Times. This is the second year that Smith has been on the list—last year, he shared the honour with JonArno Lawson for Sidewalk Flowers. Both books are published by Groundwood Books.
Smith’s “distinctive art . . . falls partway between modernist fairy tale and graphic novel, opening an inviting portal between past and present as the ancient story comes to life in a decidedly contemporary aesthetic,” wrote Maria Popova.