Originally published in Japan, this 72-page book follows the antics of super kawaii kittens as they frolic through a rustic all-cardboard village, custom-built for them from shipping cartons. I refreshed the design and lovingly wrote a peculiar new story in irregular and exclam-heavy English, informed heavily by my incessant trips to Japantown (where else can I find a decorative case made specifically to hold one pair of false eyelashes?), as well as my belief that I am a pretty excellent writer of cat dialogue. I once took an online quiz to determine my superpower and the answer was “animal communication,” so obviously I was the perfect/only choice for this assignment.
I’d hoped to keep the Japanese title of Cat House—so blunt, so straightforward, so weird!—but the quaint sensibilities of my editors prevailed, and the more storybook-ish The Kittens of Boxville made the final cut. So when you search for this book on Amazon, do not be fooled. Ceci n’est pas une maison de chat!
Book and postcard set both feature die-cut windows in their covers, allowing curious kittens to peek out... Just like they do in regular, non-cardboard houses.