A new adventure with Teelo the cat
At breakfast time on Cloud Island, Teelo is shocked to discover a rat nibbling at his food bowl. Immediately, he gives chase -- all over the house, around the other animals living with him and Victor the Vet, out the door, and up a tree. He corners the rat on a branch that stretches far out over the water. Just as Teelo is about to pounce, however, he hears a loud CCCC-RACK as the branch snaps in two.
Teelo tumbles into the sea. He flails and sputters, and then scrambles onto a log floating by. Teelo shakes the water out of his eyes only to discover that the log is drifting away from Cloud Island, taking him with it.
For a day and a half Teelo weathers life adrift on the log. He discovers new creatures in this strange world: silvery salmon, furry, bright-eyed sea otters, little puffins, and huge gray whales. He spends a terrifying night alone, tossed up and down on waves as a storm passes through.
Rescue finally comes when a wooden sailboat glides alongside Teelo. A young girl with wide brown eyes, named Lilly, and her grandfather pull Teelo onto their boat. After a few days, Teelo gets his sea legs and adjusts to life aboard the sailboat. Despite Grandpa's allergy to cats, Teelo soon becomes a part of the crew.
One day their journey brings Cloud Island into view. To get a better look at his old home, Teelo runs right up to the bow. When a big wave knocks him overboard, Teelo once more finds himself in the ocean. This time he is washed up on the shore of his old home and into the midst of his old friends. Now Lilly and Victor must decide where Teelo really belongs.close this panel
Maria Coffey loves to travel, and her stories reflect her exciting experiences. She is the author of Jungle Islands (2000), an adventure travel book for middle readers. A Cat in a Kayak (1998) and A Seal in the Family (1999) are the first two stories featuring Teelo the cat. Maria lives on the west coast of Canada.
Eugenie Fernandes graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Since then, she can lay claim to over 80 books, including Lavender Moon (1997), A Cat in a Kayak (1998), and A Seal in the Family (1999).close this panel
Teelo the cat is at it again in his newest tale of adventure... Coffey's descriptive language may introduce new words to young readers; bulbous, whirred and ukulele may be among the unfamiliar. Teelo fans and cat enthusiasts are sure to enjoy this new addition to the series. Talented illustrator Eugenie Fernandes' watercolour illustrations will be very familiar to readers as she has illustrated over 80 books. This story is captured with pages of colourful detail. The facial expressions of the animals allow the reader to view them as real characters in the story. This charming story, coupled with these vivid illustrations, allows the reader to escape on this sea adventure with Teelo... A Cat Adrift would make a nice addition to cat, sailing/sea or friends themed story programs. Public libraries who have other Teelo stories will want to add this to their collections. Recommended.
The illustrations are lively ... The text and pictures fit together very well, and the whole book is very attractive.