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Big Cat

Written by Emma Lazell

Illustrated by Emma Lazell

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Big Cat Review

Bedtime Stories for Children Books for Babies and Toddlers Debuts of the Month Featured Books for 3+ readers Humorous Stories about Animals

April 2019 Debut of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2019

An ebullient debut picture book with a great twist which young readers will love spotting as the story unfolds. When Grandma loses her glasses, Isobel sets about helping her to find them.  Searching in the garden they find a very big cat… Grandma loves cats and she is always taking in strays. Without her glasses she can’t really see just how big a bundle of orange fur that this new cat is! Nor can she work out why so much cat food is getting eaten. Young readers will spot that she is reading a story about a tiger which is probably very familiar to them. And they will realise that this cat is actually very closely related to the two tigers who come looking for it!  Bold cats in strong colours are at the heart of this great story.

Find colouring in and puzzle pages in this Big Cat Activity Pack - download here!

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for April 2019:

Jasper Space Dog by Hilary Robinson

Lightning Mary by Anthea Simmons

Watership Down Gift Picture Storybook by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Big Cat by Emma Lazell

Mister Cleghorn's Seal by Judith Kerr

Wilderness by Mia Cassany

Big Cat Synopsis

Isobel's grandma has lost her glasses and she can't see a thing without them. While Isobel and Gran are in the garden searching for the specs, they come across a cat. A very big cat. A very big and friendly cat. The big cat moves in with them, much to the disgust of all gran's other cats. He might be good fun, but he takes up lots of space and eats every scrap of food. Eventually the new cat's mum and dad turn up, looking for their missing son. And they just happen to have found gran's glasses too. The tiger family are delighted to be reunited - and gran now sees that she's been sharing her house with... a tiger!

Emma Lazell, a recent graduate of the Cambridge School of Art, has been tipped as a rising star by The Bookseller, and was one of only eight illustrators selected for the magazine’s Bologna 2018 Illustrator showcase.

Big Cat Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4Kids expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

There were lots of giggles and the children thought it was really funny that the 'big cat' was reading The Tiger Who Came for Dinner! A thoroughly enjoyable book. Full review

Kingsfleet School

This is a book that's bursting with colour, fun and expressiveness! Sure to be a family favourite in many homes... Full review

Scott-Sentance family

The lovely, colourful illustrations are quirky and eye-catching and compliment this delightfully funny story. Full review

Abidah and Amatullah Khatun (Age 3 and 9)

Really funny with brilliant pictures! Full review

Milo Jones (Age 3)

I recommend this book to cat and tiger lovers. Full review

Ares Yow-Fairs (Age 5)

A classic in the making! Full review

Fern Tolley

A beautifully illustrated book that is laden with humour! Young children will adore the characters and discovering something new each time this book is read. Fabulous! Full review

Cath Richardson

A brilliant debut by Emma Lazell, a funny and engaging picture book which will be a pleasure to read over and over again. Full review

Sarah Ormes

Big Cat Press Reviews

`This surreal romp is reminiscent of children's classic from the 1970s, with splendid humour and beautiful illustrations.' - Cambridge Edition magazine

`A quick heart-warming read for the young ones, with bright illustrations.' - Creative Steps magazine

'There is real energy and humour in newcomer Lazell's art.' -- Fiona Noble - The Bookseller

'A captivating, fast-paced debut ... Big Cat is a chaotic & witty story, filled with humour. Immerse yourself in Emma Lazell's lively & vibrant illustrations and keep an eye out for Emma, we have a feeling she's going to make a real impact on the picture book scene.' - Picture Books Blogger

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ISBN: 9781843654018
Publication date: 04/04/2019
Publisher: Pavilion Children's Books an imprint of Pavilion Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781843654018
Publication date: 4th April 2019
Author: Emma Lazell
Illustrator: Emma Lazell
Publisher: Pavilion Children's Books an imprint of Pavilion Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: Bedtime Reading, Humorous, Animals
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks, Reviewed by Children

About Emma Lazell

Emma Lazell is a UK-based illustrator and author. Her work is linear, expressive, and sprinkled with irony and playfulness. In 2018 she completed the hugely prestigious MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, graduating with a distinction. In 2014 she graduated with an undergraduate degree in Illustration from The University for the Creative Arts. 

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