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The Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the hilarious "Bloom County" comic strip is back! To help celebrate, here is the first ever Bloom County picture book, featuring fan-favorite Bill the Cat in an origin story. (Ack ack!) The perfect gift for Bloomers old and new.
An Amazon Best Book of the Year and NY Times bestseller!
Almost thirty-five years ago Berkeley Breathed launched a little-known yet laugh-inducing comic strip called "Bloom County" that was full of characters who instantly entered the public consciousness--none more so than Opus (the penguin) and Bill the Cat. Bloom County's popularity soared, it was soon syndicated nationally, had millions of daily readers, and before long its creator was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Then, nine years later, "Bloom County" sadly came to a close. It had simply ceased being fun for Berkeley Breathed.
Now, more than twenty-five years after it ended, "Bloom County" has returned in full force and humor online, with an ever-growing fanbase every bit as zealous as it was in the strip's heyday. For the comic's youngest fans, and for those who never stopped wishing for its return, here is an all-new, kid-friendly story for anyone who ever wanted to know the origin story of Bill the Cat. "Bloom County" has never been more fun!
Praise for The Bill the Cat Story
"The illustrations, a mixture of cartoons, eye-popping virtual paintings, and pencil sketches, will pull inquisitive audiences of all ages into the story."--Booklist
"[E]xtravagantly rendered artwork in luscious color."--Publishers Weekly
The heart wants what the heart wants, and in this origin story readers learn that Binkley, the human fulcrum of Breathed's Bloom County, really wanted a cat that looks like it's suffering from a combination of the world's worst hangover and the world's worst hair ball. But the newly named Bill ("it rhymed with daffodil and landfill, which somehow felt perfect") has another interim destiny before becoming Binkley's pet, and it's almost Dickensian. Snatched from Binkley's hands, Bill obliviously bounces from a role as a "North Pole sled cat" to becoming a snack for extraterrestrials until the aliens mistake Bill for Garfield (one of Bloom County's longest-running jokes) and deposit him back on Earth, setting in motion a reunion with Binkley. Opus, kindhearted to a fault as always, plays a small but crucial role, giving Bill a pair of smiley-face tighty whities that prove key to the happy ending. Unless readers are fanatical followers (and granted, there are plenty of those), the overall impact of this book is as ephemeral as a "Thbbft," and mostly offers a chance to appreciate Breathed's extravagantly rendered artwork in luscious color. Ages 4 8.