Gracie, the Lighthouse Cat by Ruth Brown

Gracie, the Lighthouse Cat

Written by Ruth Brown

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Ruth Brown is famous for her appealing drawings of animals and nature, and here beautiful full page paintings tell the dramatic dual story of Grace Darling, the Victorian heroine and lighthouse keeper’s daughter who goes out on a wild and windy night to rescue a ship in trouble whilst Gracie, the lighthouse cat goes in search of one of her kittens that’s gone astray. Can she rescue her kitten from the perilous sea? Written and illustrated with power and pathos Ruth Brown’s picture books are a delight for parents to share with their toddler and for young children to enjoy on their own too.


Gracie, the Lighthouse Cat by Ruth Brown

One stormy night Grace Darling, the lighthouse keeper's daughter, spots a ship in trouble on the rocks. At the same time the lighthouse cat Gracie spots that a kitten from her new litter has strayed. Grace and Gracie both hurry to the rescue, braving the rain and storm. Grace alerts her father and together they take out the lifeboat; Gracie ventures into the dark night and howling wind looking and listening everywhere for her kitten. Ruth Brown is famous for her appealing drawings of animals and nature, and here beautiful full page paintings tell the dramatic dual story with power and pathos.


The Times vote it one of the best stories of the season claiming - It's detailed drawings are fabulous. -- Amanda Craig The Times Painterly and vigorous illustrations. The strong and loving cat provides a good way into the larger tale of human courage. -- Julia Eccleshare The Guardian Wonderfully painted images... this is a delightful read for both adults and young children alike. -- Amy Rutter The Cat Magazine Each double page spread atmospherically conveys urgent haste, wind-lashed gales, desperate searches or warming rescue. Great for sharing. -- Carolyn Boyd The School Librarian Clever construction and atmospheric images. -- Ruth Thomson Nursery World

About the Author

Ruth Brown

Ruth Brown is the creator of some of Britain's best loved children's books. She has created a great many picture books for Andersen Press and is highly respected as an author and illustrator. She is married to artist Ken Brown and they have two grown-up sons and one grandchild.

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

4th March 2010




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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