Please welcome my guest author today, Maria Gianferrari! We are giving away a signed copy of picture book, Being a Cat: A Tail of Curiosity. To enter, please leave a comment. Maria will pick a winner from the comments.
To celebrate the upcoming release of our BEING A CAT: A TAIL OF CURIOSITY, playfully illustrated by Pete Oswald, I’ll be sharing some pawsitively purr-fect cat tails, PLUS we’re giving away a signed copy to a Pragmatic Mom reader!
[picture book, ages 4 and up]
Let’s get this pawsome picture book party started!
Let’s Fete Felines + a BEING A CAT: A TAIL OF CURIOSITY
Gato Guapo by Anika Aldamuy Denise, illustrated by Zara Gonzalez Hoang
¡Hola! ¡Vamos a contar gatitos! Follow the titular feline, Gato Guapo, and learn to count in Spanish as he and nueve gatitos trek through the town square and go missing one by one, along with Gato Guapo’s dapper duds. A bouncy blend of English and Spanish and adorable art make this a joyful read. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Inside Cat by Brendan Wenzel
Shadow a sweet and squiggly cat as it wanders, wonders, and finds adventure watching inside from windows. I love how it also encourages cat paw-rents to keep their cats indoors—extremely crucial because cats kill millions of songbirds a year. Instead, try cat enrichment toys or consider a catio to let your cat explore its wild side. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Wenzel’s They All Saw a Cat is another fun and fascinating feline story about perception. Readers view the cat main character through the eyes of a variety of creatures from bees and fleas, to bats and birds to mice and more, until we see how the cat sees itself. [picture book, ages 2 and up]
This Little Kitty by Karen Obuhanych
In rhyming text and lively art, rejoice as a clutter of kitties cavort, make mischief and play during the day, though the real fun begins after dark, beginning and ending with charming cat-eared end papers. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Cat’s Very Good Day by Kristen Tracy, illustrated by David Small
Vivacious verse: lounge and pound, attack and whack, flick and lick, and frolicking art reveal that every day is an action-packed and adventurous one for this very good cat! [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Kitty and Cat: Opposites Attract by Mirka Hokkanen
Opposites abound in this amusing tail of feline friendship in both spare text and funny art. Old black kitty with a white eye patch is grouchy and just wants to nap; new white kitty with a black eye patch is happy and tireless and would rather play all day. Eventually opposites do attract. [picture book, ages 2 and up]
Opposites definitely do attract in one of my favorite tails of feline friendship, Elisha Cooper’s Big Cat, Little Cat, a tender, heart-wrenching and heart-warming tale of loss and love. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Some oldies but goodies: if you missed Deborah Underwood’s sweet Here Comes Cat series, illustrated by Claudia Rueda, get thee to the library:
[picture book, ages 2 and up]
And the cat is out of the bag: a new cat tail is coming in September, Flat Cat, also illustrated by Pete, and written by funny, punny lady Tara Lazar!
Thanks for letting me chat all things cat, Mia!
Signed Copy of Being a Cat GIVEAWAY
If you’d like to win a signed copy of BEING A CAT, please leave a comment below. (US addresses only—sorry!)
Maria Gianferrari is a picture book reader/writer, tea-drinker, dog-lover, and birdwatcher. Maria writes books that honor our bonds with creatures both domestic and wild, and that celebrate the wonders of the natural world around us. Curiously, though an unabashed dog lover, this is Maria’s third book featuring cats as main characters, most recently Bobcat Prowling, as well as Officer Katz and Houndini. She lives in Massachusetts with her inquisitive scientist husband. You can learn more about Maria at her website: www.mariagianferrari.com.
Pete Oswald is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of The Couch Potato, The Cool Bean, The Good Egg, and The Bad Seed, written by Jory John. The bestselling duo also created That’s What Dinosaurs Do together. Pete’s author debut, Hike, was shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. In addition to making picture books, he works on numerous highly successful animated franchises as a character designer, concept artist, and production designer. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three sons. Visit Pete online at www.peteoswald.com.
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