Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter

Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats

Written by Alicia Potter
Illustrated by Birgitta Sif

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The story of the scaredy cat finding unexpected resources of courage to save the day is given a lovely – and literal – twist in this delightful picturebook. Miss Hazeltine takes in all shy and fearful cats, and works with them to help them become bolder. She gives lessons in Climbing Up, followed by Climbing Down, and even How Not to Fear the Broom. Most timid of all is Crumb, but when Miss Hazeltine is in trouble, it’s Crumb who organises the rescue. Quirky and heart-warming, the story is given even more appeal by Birgitta Sif’s illustrations: mixing full page and vignette, she depicts Miss Hazeltine and her motley housemates in a range of droll actions and positions. ~ Andrea Reece


Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter

From Kate-Greenaway shortlisted illustrator Birgitta Sif and acclaimed new author, Alicia Potter, comes a tale with many tails, perfect for cat lovers everywhere! This book is full of scaredy cats.

Cats terrified of mice, cats frightened of birds; cats who can't pounce, cats who won't purr. Miss Hazeltine takes them all into her Home for Shy and Fearful Cats and she teaches them everything she knows: 'Bird Basics', 'How Not to Fear the Broom' and how to Hold your tails high! Arch your backs! Think good thoughts! But under the bed hides nervous little Crumb...

Will Miss Hazeltine be able to help the most shy and fearful kitty of them all? Stunningly illustrated by Birgitta Sif, this is a story about conquering your fears, being brave and finding your moment to shine.


Will Miss Hazeltine be able to help the most shy and fearful kitty of them all? -- Parent Talk Parent Talk This delightful book tells a tale of fears overcome but the real pleasure is in the detail as Potter's words and Brigitta Sif's illustrations combine to ensure every re-reading has the potential for new discoveries. -- Absolutely Dulwich Absolutely Dulwich A quirky charm exudes from every spread: the sight of Miss H as yoga teacher is priceless and the forest scenes (with and without cats) have a real magical feel about them. -- Red Reading Hub Red Reading Hub The illustrations are a tremendous treat. The gothic theme includes all the details in Miss Hazeltine's cosy cottage and the woods around it, her pointed hat, her too-large feet, and the huge eyes of all the cats. -- Books for Keeps Books for Keeps A heart-warming book [...] I felt the message was strong -- Juno Juno It is a really funny book and I give it 10 stars. -- Flo (age 6) Anorak ...amusing and beautifully illustrated. -- Your Cat Magazine Your Cat Magazine The strength of this book lies in Sif's absorbing illustrations. Miss Hazeltine is brought to life as a warm, spirited and nimble character, a contrast to the withdrawn, crouching nature of the many scaredy cats in her care [...] This is a worthy story about patience, courage and wholehearted acceptance of the unique character of each individual. Inis Reading Guide This is a magically illustrated picture book with detailed drawings affording plenty of opportunities to talk and share with young readers [...] The language is simple and understated and as a result the message remains clear - that kindness and friendship can triumph! The School Librarian This is a perfect story for anyone who prefers hiding behind pillows (even Miss Hazeltine has things she worries about), as the cats discover that it's okay to be afraid, but also easier than you might think to be brave. BookTrust

About the Author

Alicia Potter is the author of two picture books: Fritz Danced the Fandango, illustrated by Ethan Long (Scholastic) and the forthcoming Mrs. Harkness and the Panda, illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet (Knopf). She is a children's book reviewer for FamilyFun and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Alicia Potter lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

7th May 2015




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