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.


Younger readers will be held in thrall. Scottish Sunday Herald 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 New and imaginative. The Sunday Times Beautifully constructed and eminently re-readable. Scottish Sunday Herald A poetic text made of the stuff of dreams. The Children's Bookseller A book that will appeal to every child who has longed to run wild. The Observer ON KATE, THE CAT AND THE MOON: 1Children's Book of the Week - Sunday Times 2 '... new and imaginative...' - Culture Section, The Sunday Times 3'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 Guardian 4 '...one to savour.' - Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian

... 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 One of the best of this year's new picture books. The Irish Times 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 Magazine 6 David Almond's The Fire-Eaters is an exceptional novel. - Lesley Agnew, The Bookseller 7 '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 Bookseller 8 'Almond makes familiar issues fresh; his characters are finely drawn and his depiction of place perfectly realised.' - Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian 9 SKELLIG: 'Gripping, beautifully and brilliantly written. Everyone is raving about this unforgettable book.' - The Sunday Times 10 KIT'S WILDERNESS: '...this superb piece of lyrically-written literary fiction captivates children and their parents alike.' - The Guardian 11 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 Times 12 SECRET HEART: 'This gripping book will enrich your soul and fire your imagination.' - The Daily Telegraph 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 Like the best picture books, it reads like poetry. Lambert's illustrations complement the lyrical trance-like state. the Glasgow Herald Will leave young readers spellbound. Books For Keeps Action floats freely ... Words and images are in a poetic and mesmeric partnership. TES Teacher A moonlit world of adventures ... younger readers will enjoy exploring the scene. Junior News and Mail ...beguiling text... inspired illustrations. Publishing News '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.

's Bookseller ...has a poetic text made the stuff of dreams, given magical shape and solidarity in Stephen Lambert's artwork - The Bookseller Bookseller '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.'

About the Author

David Almond

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As a child

I grew up in a large Catholic family in Felling-on-Tyne: four sisters and one brother. I always knew I'd be a writer – I wrote stories and stitched them into little books. I had an uncle who was a printer, and in his printing shop I learned my love of black words on white pages. I loved our local library and dreamed of seeing books with my name on the cover on its shelves. I also dreamed of playing for Newcastle United (and I still wait for the call!). There was much joy in my childhood, but also much sadness: a baby sister died when I was 7; my dad died when we were all still young; my mum was always seriously ill with arthritis. But it was a childhood, like all childhoods, that provided everything a writer needs, and it illuminates and informs everything I write.

As an adult

After school, I read English and American Literature. When I graduated I became a teacher – long holidays, short days, just perfect for a writer. After 5 years, I gave up the job and lived in a commune in rural Norfolk where I wrote and met my partner Sara Jane. I wrote a long adult novel that was rejected by every UK publisher. I had two collections of short stories published by the tiny IRON Press. I started another adult novel, put it aside, and suddenly, out of the blue, I found myself writing Skellig. It was as if the story had been waiting for me, and once I began, it seemed to write itself. I hadn't expected to write a children's novel, but in some way it was the natural outcome of everything I'd done before, and was the stepping-stone to everything I've done since. I now live in Northumberland with Sara Jane and our daughter Freya. I'm a full-time writer. Sara Jane makes ceramics, Freya goes to school.

As an artist

For years, I was hardly published and hardly anyone knew about me apart from a handful of keen fans. And I made just about no money at all from writing. That didn't really matter to me. I'd keep on writing, no matter what. Then I wrote Skellig and everything changed. I began to sell lots of books, to be translated into many languages, to travel, to win lots of prizes. I've written a number of novels after Skellig, including Kit's Wilderness, The Fire-Eaters and Clay. There have been stage versions of the novels, and films and an opera are on their way. I used to write in the attic at home, but there were lots of distractions – especially from email and telephone. So last year, I had a cabin built at the bottom of the garden. It's very nice, blue-grey and surrounded by trees. I have a radiator to keep me warm and I have a tap and a kettle for making tea. Every morning – when I'm at home and not travelling or making school visits or talking to people on the phone or answering emails – I carry my laptop down to the cabin and I set to work.

Things you didn't know about David Almond

I once held the school high-jump record – 5 ft 2.5 inches.

I have a pet rabbit called Bill who can grunt.

I dream about football – and kick in my sleep!

I love Japanese food – except for the thing I was given once that looked like an alien's brain.

I've taken part in three Great North Runs (half-marathons).

My favourite place is Upper Swaledale in Yorkshire.

I love bikes, camping and fires.

My first TV appearance was as an altar boy in a televised mass when I was eleven.

My grandfather was a bookie (he took bets on horse races). His advice? "Never bet." He also told me, "Never read novels. They're all just lies."

My nickname at school was Dai, and several old friends still call me that.

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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Interest Age: 3+


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Hodder & Stoughton Childrens Division

Publication date

15th September 2005




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