Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Happy Book Birthday to Ed Young's The Cat From Hunger Mountain!

Caldecott winner Ed Young's latest picture book came out today from Philomel, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The Cat From Hunger Mountain, which he wrote and illustrated, has published to amazing reviews (including three starred reviews!), was selected as one of New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 2016, an Amazon Best Book of the Year, is one of Bookish' Best Children's Books of Fall 2016 and is currently a #1 New Release in the Children's Asian Literature category on Amazon. 

In a place called Hunger Mountain there lives a lord who has everything imaginable yet never has enough. To satisfy his every desire, he hires builders to design the tallest pagoda; a world-famous tailor to make his clothing from silk and gold threads; and a renowned chef to cook him lavish meals with rice from the lord's own fields. What more could he possibly want?

Yet when drought plagues the land, Lord Cat is faced with his first taste of deep loss, he ventures down the mountain and what he discovers will change his life forever.

Rendered in exquisite mixed-media collage, Caldecott Medalist Ed Young's deceptively simple fable is a deeply affecting tale about appreciating the value of treasures that need not be chased.

“Young is at the height of his powers in this fable that offers a feast for the eyes, mind, and soul. A visual masterpiece.”--Kirkus Reviews starred review

 “compelling fable…is crucial for humanity and will spark meaningful classroom conversations.”--School Library Journal starred review

“Young crafts his images from a variety of patterned papers and photographs, a repurposing that gracefully echoes the story’s themes.”--Publishers Weekly starred review

You can buy The Cat From Hunger Mountain at AmazonBarnes & NobleIndie Bound,  Penguin Random House and your local bookstore!

Learn more about Ed and his boyd of work at his website!


  1. Dear Ms Christa Heschke,

    First come first, congratulations to the release of “The Cat from Hunger Mountain”.

    By way of introduction, I am the Executive Director of Feng Zikai Chinese Children’s Picture Book Award, an award organizing committee of Chinese picture books. I learned from Mr Ed Young’s website that you are his literary agency, as such I hope I could seek your help to get to contact Mr Ed Young.

    We’ve invited Mr Ed Young to a picture book forum in 2008 as a speaker and now we would like to seek his permission as to publish his speech at that event in a book that we are publishing. I will be very grateful if you could help forward below message to him or let me know how I could contact Mr Ed Young, my email is gracelam@fengzikaibookaward.org

    Thanks and best regards,

  2. From most stories, i would come to know that mostly cats are hungry.
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  3. Ed Young's meticulous drawings, his outstanding color sense, and his sensitive painting and collage techniques have made him one of the top illustrators of the day. Ed's thoughtful writing is shown in a 1983 book without words, "Up a Tree," which is a brilliant philosophical discourse on poor judgment, fear, and and wish fulfillment through courage. I treasure the beautiful drawings and the meaning of the story, and the same is true of many other books he has made.