Cat's Cradle
Book design

Kurt Vonnegut's fourth novel, Cat's Cradle (1963) is an apocalyptic tale of the planet's ultimate fate. Vonnegut's style of writing is both bleak and humorous.

The goal of the book design was to evoke a playfully serious tone. The type was set in Garamond, with Trade Gothic headings. The footer contains Vonnegut’s iconic asterisk illustration. The front and back cover mirror each other.

Four pages were added to the intro, illustrating a discussion between two characters:

"No wonder kids grow up crazy. A cat's cradle is nothing but a bunch of X's between somebody's hands, and little kids look and look and look at all those X's..."
"And?"
"No damn cat, and no damn cradle."


Cat's Cradle, chapter 74