- Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
- Publication Date: November 21, 2017
- Price: $16.95
- Trim Size: 8 x 11
- ISBN: 978-1-4197-2602-6
- EAN: 9781419726026
- Page Count: 32
- Illustrations: full-color illustrations throughout
- Format: Hardcover
- Rights: World English
Meet Boomer, a roly-poly cat. He’s always in a happy mood, and he’s the best friend of one little girl. But boy is Boomer lazy! From morning to night, Boomer can be found lounging around the house, snoring and snoozing.
The little girl, on the other hand, is much too busy for a nap. She’s got judo, swimming, yoga, painting, rugby, and biking to do! She does not have a minute to herself, and she can’t be late! But one particularly jam-packed morning, Boomer accidentally keeps the girl from getting out the door. Instead of panicking, she decides to take the day at Boomer’s pace for once. They spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the garden, and the girl is reminded how nice it is to slow down and appreciate life’s simple pleasures.
"French author/illustrator Roussey... presents a portrait of a friendship and a celebration of slowing down. Her goofy, bright illustrations are childlike in their simplicity but full of details to search through during a quiet read. A fine and restful "nothing."— Kirkus
"This French import offers overscheduled kids and their parents an enjoyable lesson in doing nothing on your own or with a friend. . . it will inspire parents and kids to make room for screen-free, activity-free time. Read this one before a nature walk or an afternoon at the park."— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"With a visual sensibility distinctive to European picture books (this is a French import), the colorful line drawings lend a quirky, active feel to the open white pages"
"The illustrations are a delight"— School Library Journal
"The story’s slowing pace and emphasis on observation remind children (and their parents) that relaxing means letting go to watch and listen."— Publishers Weekly
"Roussey’s soft, simply drawn illustrations, primarily pastel-colored, exude a childlike innocence and cheer. The narrator’s voice is engaging and genuine and may convince overscheduled American readers to take a cue from her—to put on the brakes, take a breath and enjoy the day."— BookPage
"It is a lovely (and much-needed) sentiment to relax, take time to enjoy life, and spend time in nature."— Youth Services Book Review
About the author
Christine Roussey is the illustrator of Hello in There!,In My Heart, Brave As Can Be, and All My Treasures. She works in advertising, as well as with newspapers, magazines, and publishers. She has published several children’s books in Europe. She lives in Paris.