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By: ELKANATI, Shimrit

Picture books, 2015

A TALE OF TWO CATS by Ayin Hillel

Illustrated by Shimrit Elkanati

Two cats, one black and one white, are so vain and envious of each other that they swap places to see what life is like in another color.

In 2013 acclaimed comic book illustrator Rutu Modan and author and illustrator Yirmi Pinkus founded the Noah Books project - an independent publishing house dedicated to creating contemporary comics for very young children based on classical modern Hebrew literature. With the rise in popularity of the graphic novel, Noah Books hopes to instill an appreciation for comic book style illustration in the next generation.

The first three books in the series are Eddie Spaghetti (Hebrew title: Uri Kaduri,) Mr. Fibber (Hebrew title: Mar Guzmai,) and A Tale of Two Cats (Hebrew Title: Maashe B’Chatulayim.) The first two books are Israeli classics, originally created through the collaboration of Aryeh Navon, one of the founding fathers of Israeli illustration and Leah Goldberg, one of Israel’s most renowned poets, and published in the 1930s in serial comic strip form in an Israeli children’s newspaper – and now re-imagined by Rutu Modan and Yirmi Pinkus in their signature illustration styles. These are joined by a third classic – A Tale of Two Cats written by the poet and children’s author Ayin Hillel and illustrated by Shimrit Elkanati, which was part of the PJ Library program.