Kate, the Cat and the Moon by David Almond

Kate, the Cat and the Moon

Written by David Almond

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A magical, dreamy night-time adventure for a little girl and the cat she befriends in the moonlight. Together they take off into the sky, exploring the world of dreams, all of which is revealed in a wonderful, open-out double page spread. This is a book to wonder over and enjoy at leisure. (5+)


Kate, the Cat and the Moon by David Almond

'Once, in a shining night, while the moon looked down and the stars glittered in the endless sky, and all the house was lost in dreams... the little girl woke and heard a cat. "Miaow," called the cat. "Miaow."' David Almond is known for his subtle and intelligent imagination. This, his first picture book, demonstrates his briliance as a storyteller - as he weaves together the dreams of Kate, the girl and her family... on a single night of magic.


'Almond's simple, almost incantatory prose is beautifully illustrated by Stephen Lambert, whose landscapes are reminiscent of Hockney. A book for every child who has longed for the freedom to run wild.' * the observer * ...has a poetic text made the stuff of dreams, given magical shape and solidarity in Stephen Lambert's artwork - The Bookseller * Bookseller * 'David Almond's first picture book Kate, the Cat and the Moon has a poetic text made of the stuff of dreams, given magical shape and solidity in Stephen Lambert's artwork.' * The Children's Bookseller * ...beguiling text... inspired illustrations. * Publishing News * A moonlit world of adventures . . . younger readers will enjoy exploring the scene. * Junior News and Mail * Action floats freely . . . Words and images are in a poetic and mesmeric partnership. * TES Teacher * Will leave young readers spellbound. * Books For Keeps * Like the best picture books, it reads like poetry. Lambert's illustrations complement the lyrical trance-like state. * the Glasgow Herald * With words that move as smoothly as a cat in the night, this perfect, poetic picture book will stroke a child's imagination until it purrs. * Child Education * 5 David Almond is a fine writer, one of the very finest we have. He is simply incapable of writing a bad sentence. In THE FIRE-EATERS, his sense of place is unerring. Michael Morpurgo, Financial Times Magazine6 David Almond's The Fire-Eaters is an exceptional novel. - Lesley Agnew, The Bookseller7 'Once in a while a book comes along that takes over your head and your heart. David Almond's The Fire-Eaters is such a book ... The writing is lyrical and atmospheric and establishes a strong sense of place.' - Wendy Cooling, The Bookseller8 'Almond makes familiar issues fresh; his characters are finely drawn and his depiction of place perfectly realised.' - Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian9 SKELLIG: 'Gripping, beautifully and brilliantly written. Everyone is raving about this unforgettable book.' - The Sunday Times10 KIT'S WILDERNESS: '...this superb piece of lyrically-written literary fiction captivates children and their parents alike.' - The Guardian11 HEAVEN EYES: 'David Almond understands the joy and fear of being alive better than most - Heaven Eyes is a mysterious gift of a novel.' - The Times12 SECRET HEART: 'This gripping book will enrich your soul and fire your imagination.' - The Daily Telegraph One of the best of this year's new picture books. * The Irish Times * '

... It will be apparent that this is a complex and challenging picture book, but one that will repay many readings. Stephen's Lambert's illustrations are superb and full of life. * The School Librarian * ON KATE, THE CAT AND THE MOON: 1Children's Book of the Week - Sunday Times2 '... new and imaginative...' - Culture Section, The Sunday Times3'David Almond's poetic text barely tells a story; instead it provides a background for imaginations to soar. The dreamy world that he creates for Kate and the Cat to explore is made real in Stephen Lambert's painterly illustrations.' - Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian4 '...one to savour.' - Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian A book that will appeal to every child who has longed to run wild. * The Observer * A poetic text made of the stuff of dreams. * The Children's Bookseller * Beautifully constructed and eminently re-readable. * Scottish Sunday Herald * New and imaginative. * The Sunday Times * David Almond's poetic text...provides a background for imaginations to soar. A book for bedtime that entertains through wonder rather than high drma is an unusual treat; this is one to savour. * The Guardian * Younger readers will be held in thrall. * Scottish Sunday Herald *

About the Author

David Almond

David Almond was our Guest Editor in September 2011 CLICK HERE to see his choices.

David Almond is the acclaimed author of many award-winning novels for children such as Skellig, Kit's Wilderness and My Name Is Mina, and has collaborated with artists Polly Dunbar, Dave McKean and Oliver Jeffers on fiction for younger readers. David's books sell all over the world, and in 2011 he was the recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. He lives in Hexham, Northumberland.

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Julia Eccleshare on David Almond:

One of the best-loved and finest writers of today, David Almond made an immediate impact with Skellig, his first book. The moving story of a boy’s discovery of a strange creature in the shed which can be interpreted in many ways introduced some to the recurrent themes of David Almond’s writing. Infused with a touch of magic or the supernatural or ‘belief’, David Almond writes sensitively about the inner complexities of growing up. Much influenced by the landscape of Tyneside where he was brought up and still lives, David Almond’s books have a strong sense of place especially in titles such as Heaven’s Eyes, The Fire-Eater and Kit’s Wilderness. Although often clearly set in some particular time, there is a timeless quality to David Almond’s stories which give them enduring appeal.

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Hodder & Stoughton Childrens Division

Publication date

15th September 2005




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