This exceptionally well-written picture book has the most exquisite illustrations.
- Independent Publisher
When Victor takes in Teelo the cat, the feline isn't thrilled about the voyage across the harbor. After all, a cat in a kayak is like a fish out of water. But when they arrive at the little house on Cloud Island, Teelo discovers it's the perfect place for a calm-loving cat. Perfect, that is, until Teelo's spot by the stove is usurped by some chickens. Worse, his cozy cushion is eaten when Terry the terrier moves in. Even the roof isn't safe -- Victor's new parrot can .y up there with ease.
Suddenly a cat in a kayak seems a decent idea...until Victor paddles out to Thunder Rock, a voyage of walloping waves, screeching seabirds, and overexcited orcas. Upon returning home, Teelo decides the crowded little house is the perfect place for him after all.
This charming tale reminds us that things could always be worse. Set amid vibrant coastal landscapes, and crawling with friendly critters of all kinds, it's easy to see why A Cat in a Kayak has become a family favorite.close this panel
Maria Coffey is the author of several books for adults and two other picture books about the adventures of Teelo the cat. She lives on a small island off the west coast of Canada where she's often kayaked with the real Teelo.
Eugenie Fernandes has illustrated more than 50 books for children. She lives next to a lake in Ontario, Canada.close this panel
The luxurious description in the text is well matched by the richly colored, detailed gouache paintings.
An avid kayaker herself, Maria Coffey has fashioned an improbable, exaggerated story about a menagerie of discarded pets and the tender-hearted vet who gives them all a home. Recommended.
Cheerful, richly colored gouache illustrations reflect the energy and movement of the text.