Citation from The International Youth Library:
Retired librarian Ms Salvacion takes all the cats abandoned in her dark backyard and opens a “cat library”. She catalogues the animals according to their personality and talent and then lends them to just the right people who need comfort or inspiration. With his book, distinguished children’s book author Eugene Evasco wants to raise awareness not only for animal rights, but also for marginalised population groups. The story was inspired by “The Human Library®”, an NGO originally created in Copenhagen in 2000, in which human beings from different social and ethnic backgrounds can be “borrowed” for conversation. Eugene Evasco likes to challenge his readers with excellent stories written in a literary style, instead of simplifying them. The enigmatic illustrations by Jared Yokte, in which people hardly differ from cats, provide another challenge for young readers. This book was the winner of the “Romeo Forbes Story Writing Competition 2018” by the non-profit organization CANVAS, which promotes Philippine art, culture, and the environment, as well as literacy among children.
AWARD: The International Youth Library 2018 White Raven
AUTHOR: Eugene Evasco
ILLUSTRATOR: Jared Yokte
LANGUAGE: English & Filipino
DATE PUBLISHED: 2018
AWARD: 2019 The White Ravens
CANVAS, a non-profit organization, works with the creative community to promote children's literacy, explore national identity, and broaden public awareness of Philippine art, culture, and the environment. Learn more about CANVAS and their project One Million Books for One Million Filipino Children Campaign.