A wild picture book starring a world-renowned cat, his trainer, a cast of quirky characters from award-winning creators Daniel Pinkwater and Aaron Renier
Thermal Herman 6-7/8 is the top Kat Hat in Matt Katz’s company. A trained cat who is able to form himself into specialty hats, Thermal Herman is world-renowned for his warmth and agility. When a friend wanders off with a brain freeze and finds themself in peril, Thermal Herman must rush in to save the day in this zany and cleverly illustrated picture book, sure to make young readers giggle with every page.
About the Author
Daniel Pinkwater is, in brief, the author and sometimes illustrator of more than 100 (and counting) books, including his timeless The Big Orange Splot, which has sold more than one million copies. He is also an occasional commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and appears regularly on Weekend Edition Saturday, where he reviews exceptional kids’ books with host Scott Simon. Aaron Renier is the author of three graphic novels for younger readers: Spiral-Bound, The Unsinkable Walker Bean, and The Unsinkable Walker Bean and the Knights of the Waxing Moon. He received the Eisner Award in 2006 for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition, and was an inaugural resident for the Sendak Fellowship in 2010. He teaches drawing and comics at universities in Chicago.
"Pinkwater fans know to expect absurd situations, wry humor, and zany mayhem, and this latest picture book does not disappoint. . .Renier’s vivid gouache illustrations feature bold, in-your-face hues and busy, detail-filled compositions that extend the text and invite protracted viewing. . .This ridiculous adventure will be catnip to feline-lovers and those with an offbeat sense of humor."
"The bright and busy gouache illustrations are chock-full of offbeat, whimsical details that tell parallel stories of their own. . .Flamboyantly fanciful and so much fun!"
— Kirkus Reviews
"The wealth of meandering character-driven asides and the story’s densely colored gouache drawings are packed with details both on point and amusingly extraneous. It’s worldbuilding at its most absurd."
— Publishers Weekly
"Tongue-twisting text, odd and lovable characters, and Renier’s vibrant, gouache, mixed-media-esque illustrations make a delightful fever dream that will please both the grown-up reading the books and the kiddos listening. . .This is Pinkwater at his best, clever, charming, and weird in the best possible ways."
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"“With jolly maximalism and Shrinky Dinks shadings, this is a book that invites children to take off their thinking caps, relax and revel in pure silliness."
— New York Times