Nicole G. Webster's Fluffy the Hairless Cat and the Midnight Mouse Mission is a truly delightful picture book filled with fun humour!
The game of cat and mouse continues between a Sphynx cat and a mouse named Arnold in a modern setting. Fluffy plots and plans his mission to catch the mouse that keeps stealing the family's cheese, but Arnold is two steps ahead of him, mocking and teasing.
This is a story for kids (and their parents!) who love or have ever loved a pet. The people who feel their pets are an integral part of the family. And I love Fluffy's decision about what's more important right at the end of the story...I'll leave that bit for you to find out for yourself.
The illustrations by Kristina Dutton are beautiful and adorable all at once. I absolutely love her style. The whole book is so well designed.
There's also some information after the story about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), which is a deadly but common cardiac defect in the Sphynx and several other cat breeds. Dr. Kate Meurs's HCM Research Laboratory at North Carolina State University is mentioned, and donations are encouraged. A very worthy cause!
Look for my interview with Nicole G. Webster coming September 14th!
I interviewed the creators of the "Ghost Town Killer" podcast series! Let's welcome director Jeremy Lutter and writer/producer Marcy Waughtal...
This is strictly all about Ghost Town Killer...and maybe a little bit about their short film, Giltrude's Dwelling.
Join us again on Halloween for the FULL interview!
Check out Ghost Town Killer at ghosttownkiller.com!
I love to read (and write) children's books about imagination, so I was very pleased to read this adorable picture book by Kristen Hokstad-Myrzyri. Daria Shamolina's colourful and sweet illustrations make it easy for children to see how your imagination can be used to make even the most mundane chore a fun game. Also, not a bad set of strategies for parents to turn dull tasks into something fun for the kids to do! And there are some great comprehension questions for the kids after the story, so there's a nice educational component as well.
Find “Kate the Kitty Beats Boredom”, as well as the other Kate the Kitty books on Amazon:
Thank you, Kathleen, for joining me!
Thank you for inviting me to participate in your children’s author interview series!
To begin with, please tell me a bit about yourself.
Although I have always enjoyed reading and writing, it wasn’t until my early sixties that I published my first children’s book, HIGH IN THE SKY, about a young, energetic child who hops onto a tire swing and flies off on many wild, imaginary adventures. I always dreamed of one day publishing a children’s book that would be available in Toronto Public Library. Well, that was in 2015 and since then, I have self-published three more picture books - FOR NO REASON about positive bullying solutions, THE WISH CARVERS, a whimsical folktale about being grateful, and BATHTIME FUN!, an imaginative, rhyming, tugboat adventure. My first three books have been acquired by libraries across Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and I hope Bathtub Fun! will be available in libraries soon too.
Following high school and college, I worked as a contributing Associate Editor for a Toronto community magazine with a circulation of 35,000. This magazine was available in schools, libraries, hospitals, churches, businesses, and many other local spots. I wrote poetry, feature articles about talented people in my Toronto neighbourhood, and was in charge of the Focus on the Arts pages. During this time, I also wrote a bi-weekly arts column for the Etobicoke Guardian newspaper. I loved knocking on the doors of people I hadn’t met yet and writing articles about their talents, hobbies, interest groups, and events.
At that time, there were no photocopiers, emails, or computers. I typed my stories on an electric typewriter using carbon paper for copies, and drove my articles to the magazine and newspaper offices. Magazine text was printed on large galley sheets and we literally cut and pasted articles, ads, and photos into place on each page before it was sent back to the printer for mass production.
After that, I worked 29 years for the Toronto District School Board, first as a school secretary and finally as a special education teacher’s assistant. I retired in 2017 and since then have had more time to read, travel the world, write and pursue lots of other interests.
One of the activities I currently enjoy is volunteering with IBBY Canada’s Readers and Refugees Program. I read books to children who have just arrived in Canada from other countries who may not speak or read much English yet.
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