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Paradise for Cats

A Return to the Rainbow Bridge

by (author) Adrian Raeside

Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
Initial publish date
May 2023
Pets, Death & Dying, Cats
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1


Bestselling cartoonist Adrian Raeside captures the special bond between humans and their pets and, with marvelous illustrations, brings gentle humour to a story that will resonate with cat lovers of all ages.

Amy and Rocky are best friends, as close as a girl and a cat can be. They have been by each other’s side since Amy was born, and seasons pass happily in companionship with tea parties, yarn chasing and warm naps. But as Rocky grows older, her purrs grow fainter—and one night, Rocky disappears. Amy is heartbroken until a helpful but flatulent friend of Rocky brings her to the Rainbow Bridge, a magical paradise for pets of all kinds.

There, Amy finds Rocky again and together they explore the Rainbow Bridge, a place where there are fields of catnip and cats never run out of fragile things to break, and where the feline inhabitants have formed a truce with pet birds, mice and hamsters.

Since publication in 2012, Adrian Raeside’s The Rainbow Bridge: A Visit to Pet Paradise has sold over seventy-five thousand copies in Canada and the United States, providing a story that comforts children as they deal with the loss of a pet. This companion volume will have special appeal for cat lovers.

About the author

Adrian Raeside was born 1957 in Dunedin, New Zealand. At the age of 15 he moved with his parents to England then on to Canada, where he worked at various jobs from loading grain ships in Thunder Bay, to surveying on the West Coast. Editorial cartoonist for the Victoria Times Colonist for 32 years, Raeside's editorial cartoons appear in over 200 newspapers and magazines worldwide, from the Los Angeles Times, to Newsweek Japan.

In 1988, Raeside began producing animated editorial cartoons for the CBC Journal, going on to create, direct and produce dozens of animated shows for Turner Broadcasting and Children's Television Workshop - adapting Jim Henson Muppet characters for animation.

Raeside is the author of over a dozen books. He lives in Whistler, BC.

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