The author/illustrator, Cesili Josephus Jitta, is Dutch, and Lola and the rent-a-cat was first published by a Belgian publisher in 2007, it came out in the UK in August 2010. It's good to know that the publisher, Francis Lincoln, is bringing translated books onto the English market.
The title page is simple, a cream page of ledger paper, with a cat, who we later discover is the rent-a-cat. Jitta has skillfully drawn the outline and added quick bobs of paint to create a muzzle, paws and ears. Nice.
The first and last pages of the book are different. The ledger paper is absent and Jitta has created washes of colour for the sky.
The first page shows us a red evening sky, and Jitta and her husband, John, are sitting on their blue bench, together. Jitta wears the same clothes throughout, a red dress, low cleavage, and white trainers. She's a cool old lady! "Lola and John have been married since they were young. Together they can reach anywhere and together they stay balanced. Together they look after each other and together they remember the shopping list." As you can see from the illustrations, they show us exactly how this happens, scrubbing each other's back, filling each other's glass etc.