The Blurb On The Back:
One day, a cat and dog meet on a bench.
The cat eats her lunch.
The dog reads his book.
But the sun twinkles, the breeze blows, and there’s something sweet in the air …
The Review (Cut For Spoilers):
Yooju Cheon’s charming self-illustrated picture book for readers aged 9+ (translated from Korean by Okkyun Choi) is a pared back but utterly delightful affair that shows a cat who wants to eat lunch and a dog who wants to read his book meeting each other for the first time beneath the blossom of a cherry tree and taking the first steps towards friendship.
This is a very sparse picture book in terms of actual text (although the language should be a good challenge for readers aged 5+) and the story itself is very basic but I thought it’s an utterly charming tale of two creatures who plan to be on their own but find themselves taking a step to get to know each other. The illustrations are gorgeous – especially the pink blossoms of the cherry tree but Cheon also packs a great sense of character into the drawings of the cat and the dog and I really loved the scenes where the blossom lands on each of them in turn.
All in all I think this is a book that parents would particularly enjoy reading with their children – the language is sophisticated enough to help them with vocabulary but it’s a lovely, simple story that’s easy to follow and read together.
IN BLOSSOM was released in the United Kingdom on 17th January 2019. Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.