The Catnapping Cat by Judy Allen

The Catnapping Cat

Written by Judy Allen
Illustrated by Philip Giordano

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The Catnapping Cat by Judy Allen

'I've cast thousands of spells,' said the witch to her cat. 'I've flown twice round the world and my battery's flat. It's been a long day. I need a good rest. I wonder what kind of a place would be best.' Join the witch and her long-suffering cat, Matt on their search for the best bed in the world. They join badgers in their sets, otters on the sea, birds in the air and bats on trees, but nothing seems quite perfect until they remember their own very comfortable bed!


A fast-paced story-poem fizzing with energy. It deserves to be a bestseller. -- The Guardian This rhyming text is ideal for any cold windy, winter night when it is raining outside and you are snug and warm. -- The Lady LORD OF THE DANCE: 'An intriguing and well-written psychological novel.

'The insidiousness of evil is beautifully handled in Allen's exploration of jealousy and revenge.'

... Highly recommended, school libraries should add THE BURNING to their collection and explore other titles by this gifted author. -- Beth Ashworth, Teacher Librarian, Fiction Focus THE BURNING 'The writing is tense and the complex plotting assured, which adds up to an exciting, imaginative tale ...

'This is a fascinating book which will not remain long on the shelves but should certainly be available for young teenage readers.'

'Elemental is exactly the word to describe its strange plot. ... Spellbinding.'

's rhyming text is lively and fun with many lovely turns of phrase. Philip Giordano's bold and graphic illustrations are amusing... -- Child Education Filled with bright, bold and somewhat intense illustrations which fill the page and the eye with a sense of immediacy... enhanced by the flowing rhyme scheme and repetition of ideas. This is a book which young readers will enjoy reading, for the fun of the language and the ease and pleasure of understanding an enjoyable story. --'

About the Author

Judy Allen's AWAITING DEVELOPMENTS won the Whitbread Award, the Friends of the Earth Earthworm Award, and was commended for the Carnegie Medal. Author of more than 30 books for children published to critical acclaim and frequently reaching prize short-lists, she also writes for radio; 5 plays for BBC Radio 4, dramatisations of THE SECRET GARDEN and TOM'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN (Philippa Pearce) for BBC Radio. Her award-winning adult fiction DECEMBER FLOWER was televised by Granada in 1985, adapted for BBC Radio and televised in the US. Philip Giordano was born in 1980 in a small town in Italy. He took an illustration course in Turin and then a Masters in Techniques of Animation. In 2004 he was selected for the Exhibition of the Bologna Children's Book Fair. The Catnapping Cat was his first picture book. He spends his free time creating puppets out of the characters from his drawings. He loves cooking for his friends, stripy t-shirts and books about plants and animals.

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32 pages


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Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books

Publication date

16th August 2007



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