Fur Coats & Backpacks - The Travel Cats Hit the Road, artwork and cat poems by Mari Ichimasu / ISBN 9781634059916 / small 112-page hardback, 4.9 x 7 inches, from Chin Music Press
Meet artist Mari Ichimasu's collection of traveling cats, an adorable array of water-color kitties teeming with personality. Viola wears binoculars, ready to watch the whales. Maka is barefoot with a guitar and a bottle of beer peeking out of her pack. Jake dons snowshoes, a thick sweater, and a scarf as he heads to snow country. These water-color illustrations are accompanied by simple sweet poems that tell of each cat's journey. Meet all 45 traveling felines in this debut collection.
Mari Ichimasu is a Seattle-based Japanese artist who works in stop-motion animation, painting, and drawing. She was born in Tokyo and raised in Ichikawa City. Currently, she is working on a stop-motion animated film called Sanpomichi that is inspired by her family in Tokyo.