The poetic Cat

There is no animal that will spur on those of a poetic bent to greater efforts than a cat. Like most other aesthetes poets love cats. But plastic artists have their fair share of moggie-ologists as well. And Rotraut Susanne Berner is one of them.

Only children are quite as crazy about cats as poets, which is why they appear in a large number of cat’s poems. That is, unless the poets prefer to compare the elegance of cats to that of the most beautiful of women. An apt comparison, indeed, as cats are not only beautiful, but impossible to tame…

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Rotraut Susanne Berner

Rotraut Susanne Berner's reputation as one of the best contemporary illustrators and as an imaginative deviser of ingenious hybrid "book-oids" has spread well beyond the German-speaking countries. As well as creating wonderful picture books and illustrating novels for children, she has also designed a number of beautiful book covers. In recent years a growing number of books have been published with her own texts and stories. In 2006 she was awarded the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Youth Literature Award) for her œuvre. She lives and works in Munich.

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