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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July 2016 Book of the Month 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.


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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 5


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

7th July 2016




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