A Summer of Cats & Dogs.
"Monsieur Cleps et les bebes chiens" (Mr Mutt and the baby dogs) tells the story of a street dog who happens to come across three abandoned but adorable puppies by a river. He saves them by hiding them in a hunter's house. When the hunter discovers them, he falls in love with them and adopts them.
Published in 1969 by Dargaud, this French book carries some of the most wonderful illustrations I have ever seen. I got it from a carboot sale in the South of France a few years ago and even got in touch with the illustrator Nicole Hosxe. She explained that she had done a lot of commercial work in the past, which required a different style and that this book was more of an experiment. And what a beautiful experiment it is!
If you want to see more of it, see this little (shaky) Vine movie I have made here.
Text by Michele Izard. Illustrations by Nicole Hosxe. Publications Dargaud. 1969.