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.
This loopy tale from previous collaborators Pinkwater and Renier (Adventures of a Dwergish Girl) is predicated on the factoid that "90 percent of body heat is lost through the top of the head." To remedy the situation, a yellow-haired, pink-skinned entrepreneur named Matt Katz rents out trained cats of "unusual furriness and warmth," which form themselves into highly specialized chapeaus for "mountain climbers, adventurers, Arctic explorers, and people living in Chicago." When a green-skinned witch friend of the Katz family (which includes wife Glamorella as well as children Pocketmouse and Lambkin, all brown skinned) becomes stranded up a mountain with a possible brain freeze (she was last seen eating "an extra-large jumbo frozen fruitsicle"), Katz dispatches a huge and resourceful marmalade puss named Thermal Herman 6 7/8ths, "warmest cat ever known." The cat forms itself into a witch's hat in a wonderful vignette of balletic moves, while 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. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (FebCopyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.