Snoozie is a cat, who doesn’t like moving. Sunny is a dog, who’s afraid of the rain. They’re very different, but they are the best of friends. One day, while out on their morning walk, they come upon a small, timid dog who has been feeling “so-so” for quite some time. How will this chance encounter change all their lives? Snoozie, Sunny, and So-So written by Dafna Ben-zvi, illustrated by Ofra Amit, and translated from Hebrew by Annette Appel, is a sweet and insightful story about friendship and the trust, hopefulness, and energy that it gives us all!
Amit’s soft-edged illustrations, done in a palette of muted blues, reds, and grays, depict unclothed animals who walk on all fours and play boisterously but inhabit human homes and write using pen and paper. There is nary a human in sight, which lends a whimsically surreal touch to this gentle friendship tale. In Appel’s translation from Hebrew, Ben-Zvi’s narrative unfolds with a delicate sweetness that never tips into the saccharine.
An understated delight from Israel.
-STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus