The debut picture book from a promising young illustrator is a good-natured, fast-paced adventure for the youngest members of the family
The mid-most of the middle kittens of the Top Pot cat family, Messi often gets lost in thought. When the family goes to visit Grandma, Messi accidentally ends up the wrong train, and it looks like things are going to go badly awry. Luckily Messi meets Mystery, a cat who seems to know everything, can do everything, and assures Messi that everything is going to be just fine.
Mystery promises to take Messi to Grandma’s, but only after they have a few adventures. The adventures begin right away, too: real hound-bandits board the train! Eavesdropping on them, Messi learns that the cat with the blue fur has been kidnapped and is being held on an island. The new friends decide to rescue the cat, calling on the help of a smug seagull and a friendly seal along the way.
The young illustrator’s first picture book brings to mind the familiar movies of Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki, with the hefty figures of My Neighbor Totoro and the big-eyed cats of Kiki’s Delivery Service. Reittu is a talented illustrator, a magician of colour and form.
An excerpt in English is available.
Foreign rights information
- Denmark (Turbine)
- France (Cambourakis)
- Germany (S. Fischer Verlag / Sauerländer)
- Korea (Seedbook Publishing)
Rights sold to:
- The Czech Republic (Host Publishing)