Armed with a vivid imagination and her trusty cat mask, Lily can take on anything–even a new school…
But when her teacher tells her no masks allowed in class, Lily worries, can she make friends without it?
Anyone who has been daunted by a new experience, or struggled to put on a good face, will relate to Lily. Whimsical art brings Lily, her father, and her new classmates to life, with text that begs to be read aloud. Perfect for Father’s Day, back to school, and even Halloween–Lily and her grinning cat mask are sure to make you smile back.
Julie Fortenberry has an MFA from Hunter College. Her abstract paintings have been in the Whitney Museum of American Art. But for the last 16 years she’s been painting for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Her first illustrations were for High Five and Ladybug magazines. She illustrated Eve Bunting’s Pirate Boy, and a series of Sydney Taylor Notable books by Rabbi Jamie Korngold.
She is the author and illustrator of Pearl Goes to Preschool, The Artist and the King, and Lily’s Cat Mask which received a Kirkus starred review and was added to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
Darcy’s First Sleepover will be published by Macmillan/Ottaviano in 2021.
Where did you originally get the idea for Lily’s Cat Mask?
Lily’s Cat Mask started as a book about the seasons and a little girl who liked to wear a mask. The mask had a few uses. She could put it on her snowman. She could hide behind it when she felt mad, or happily don it to stand out at a party, depending on how she was feeling that day (or that hour). My editor at Viking suggested that, since Lily was kindergarten age, the book could focus on starting school. The mask comes in handy when Lily feels timid meeting her teacher for the first time. Of course she can’t wear it in the classroom, so there is a bit of conflict that gets resolved in the story.
Essentially the book is about shyness which is pretty universal. I identify with Lily as I think many readers will.