Cats are always artful, cats on books are cute, black and white is striking - mix it all up in a modern-art photography kinda way, and Id say its worthy of being art. But Id rather consider it artful and keep it as an idea to draw or paint.
Light - Interesting idea, that we think all books involving a host of black people must be about race. True, and I'd never realized it. ("Hustle" by Jericho Brown . or was his birth name Nelson Demery?