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Children's Fiction Cats

A Cat in a Kayak

by (author) Maria Coffey

illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes

Publisher
Annick Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2005
Category
Cats
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781550375091
    Publish Date
    Sep 2005
    List Price
    $16.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781550375084
    Publish Date
    Sep 2005
    List Price
    $7.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2

Description

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.

 

About the authors

Maria Coffey is originally from England, and now lives on a small island in British Columbia. She and her husband Dag Goering spend part of each year in Ireland, where Dag practises as a large animal veterinarian. They also work as professional sea-kayaking and trekking guides, leading trips in Vietnam, the Solomon Islands, Ireland and Canada. Coffey is the author of a number of internationally published books, including A Boat in Our Baggage, Three Moons in Vietnam, Sailing Back In Time and two books for children, A Cat in a Kayak and A Seal in the Family. Her work has also appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Globe and Mail, The Guardian, Outdoors Illustrated, Action Asia and Sea Kayaker Magazine. For more information about Maria, please visit her website at www.hiddenplaces.net

Maria Coffey's profile page

Née en 1943, près de New York, Eugenie Fernandes puise son admiration pour les animaux et la nature dans les souvenirs de son enfance. Son inspiration, elle la doit en grande partie à son père, illustrateur de bandes dessinées, avec qui elle passait de longues heures dans son studio.En 1965, Eugenie Fernandes obtient son diplôme de l'école des Arts Visuels de New York et commence alors sa carrière en tant qu'illustratrice. Elle réalise des cartes de v?ux jusqu'au jour où on lui suggère de consulter un agent. Peu de temps après, Eugenie publie sa toute première histoire.Eugenie a écrit ou illustré plus de 80 livres dont Grosse journée, petite souris! et Caféolait s'en va-t-en ville. Parmi ses thèmes préférés, on retient ceux de l'eau et de la nature que l'on retrouve dans des livres tels que Des vagues dans la baignoire ou encore Lina et l'arbre magique. Elle vit aujourd'hui dans le sud de l'Ontario et travaille depuis sa maison dans son studio surplombant un lac et la forêt environnante.

 

Kim Fernandes is one of Canada's foremost 3-D illustrators. Previous books include "Zebo and the Dirty Planet," "One Grey Mouse" and "Gifts to Make with Model Magic." She lives in Port Perry, Ontario.

Eugenie Fernandes, Kim's mother, is an equally talented author and illustrator. Some of her best-known books include "Waves in the Bathtub," and "A Difficult Day." She lives in Ontario.

Eugenie Fernandes' profile page

Editorial Reviews

Cheerful, richly colored gouache illustrations reflect the energy and movement of the text.

School Library Journal

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.

Canadian Materials

The luxurious description in the text is well matched by the richly colored, detailed gouache paintings.

Quill and Quire

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