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A Carnival of Cats

by (author) Charles Ghigna & Kristi Bridgeman

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2015
Cats, Circus, Nursery Rhymes
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 2
  • Grade: p to 12
  • Reading age: 0 to 2


There’s a purrrfect little carnival coming to town, filled with adorable cats of all different kinds!

In this hint-and-reveal board book, babies, toddlers and cat-lovers alike will enjoy discovering (and guessing) what breed of cat is hiding on the next page. With playful rhyming text from award-winning author Charles Ghigna, aka Father Goose®, and beautiful illustrations by celebrated artist Kristi Bridgeman, this exuberant board book will have everyone guessing what cat is that!

About the authors

Charles Ghigna's profile page

Kristi Bridgeman has illustrated several books for children, including There Once Was a Camel and Uirapurú (Oolichan Books) by P.K. Page. Her fine-art pieces can be found at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and Sooke Harbour House Gallery. Born and raised on the west coast of Canada, Kristi resides and paints in her home-based studio at the edge of the rainforest on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. For more information, visit

Kristi Bridgeman's profile page


  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

"From its alliterative title to the closing surprise, A Carnival of Cats is a fun, informative read. Highly Recommended."

CM Magazine

"This would be a great book to pair with a non-fiction book about cat breeds."

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"The illustrations are gorgeous."

49th Shelf blog

"Ghigna and Bridgeman offer a rhyming guessing game featuring 10 cats, set against the festive atmosphere of a carnival. Pennants, balloons, lanterns, and confetti adorn Bridgeman’s mixed-media illustrations, while readers can turn the pages to complete Ghigna’s playful rhymes...Cat lovers of any age should be delighted."

Publishers Weekly

★ "The artwork, created with sepia ink, watercolor, and wax resist on paper, offers lovely, detailed pictures of all the felines frolicking about in carnival settings...No doubt preschoolers will enjoy learning about the various breeds of cat, but it's the whimsical illustrations that really make this one something to purr about."

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A charming pet tale...Beautiful illustrations are sure to enchant even the youngest reader. If you’re looking for a book that can be read, enjoyed, [and] chewed upon...A Carnival of Cats is sure to delight."

January Magazine

"Ever since we received this book, Henry has wanted to read it every night...Each page features different appearances, names, and behaviors of cats. I was surprised at how much I learned! We’ve been practicing the different types of cats, so he will be better able to identify his feline friends. I’d highly recommend this board book. It is quite fun to read, and every night, I look forward to reading it...This book will be a wonderful read aloud in an early childhood classroom. There are opportunities for comparing and contrasting, rhyming, and cross-curricular elements by talking about different breeds of cats."

Unleashing Readers blog

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