Sunny and Oswaldo (Hardcover)

Sunny and Oswaldo By Nicole Melleby, Alexandra Colombo (Illustrator) Cover Image

Sunny and Oswaldo (Hardcover)


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A moving story of friendship, family, and the importance of empathy from award-winning author Nicole Melleby, expertly rendered with vibrant, expressive illustrations from Alexandra Colombo.

Sunny does not like cats—especially Oswaldo. He’s cranky and mean.

Sunny’s dad loves Oswaldo. She does not understand why.

When Oswaldo doesn’t come home one day, Sunny is happy. But her dad is sad.

Sunny wants her dad to be happy, so she helps him look for Oswaldo.

But can Sunny and Oswaldo ever get along?

Nicole Melleby, a New Jersey native, is the author of highly praised middle-grade books, including the Lambda Literary finalist Hurricane Season. She lives with her wife and their cat, whose need for attention oddly aligns with Nicole’s writing schedule.

Alexandra Colombo was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and attended secondary school in Italy, where she specialized in scientific studies and then studied at the Milan European Institute of Design, receiving a degree in illustration. Alexandra loves drawing, writing poetry, and walking in the woods.  
Product Details ISBN: 9781643750958
ISBN-10: 164375095X
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: February 7th, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English
“This well-paced story tells a realistic story of an adopted pet with grace and light humor… the final illustration of Sunny and Oswaldo hugging makes clear that even the most stubborn of us—human and pet—can change our opinions when we consider others. Purrfectly charming!”—Kirkus Reviews

“Melleby and Bulgarian illustrator Colombo create a story about animal-human attachment, found family, and much more: With economic text and scribbly cartooning, they also offer an astute look at that moment when a child realizes there is more in a parent’s heart than initially imagined.”—Publishers Weekly