Who Will Adopt That Stripy Little Cat?
Mrs. Cosy enjoys her job at the Hummingbird Animal Shelter, where she finds homes for stray animals. Alas, nobody but Mrs. Cosy seems to enjoy their latest newcomer, a stripy little cat that looks like trouble. When the little cat refuses to come out from under the couch, she is called Cantankerous; when she runs up and down the drapes or hangs from the screen door, she is called Persnickity. And even though Mrs. Cosy is amused by the cat's antics, nobody wants to adopt a no-good stripy cat that is too wild, too lazy, and too loud.
But all is not lost. The stripy little cat has made up his own mind who should adopt him. He has decided to cling to Mrs. Cosy's socks and will not let go. And when she takes him home, Mrs. Cosy discovers that the little cat shadows her every move. But what name will Mrs. Cosy choose? Plucky? Trusty? As hard to shake as gluey paper? Constant as the sea? A comfort sure and true?
In the end, there's only one name that fits that stripy cat. Velcro. And it's a name that's sure to stick.
is an author, artist and filmmaker as well as a founding member of the Nova Scotia Children's Literature Award and the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Children's Literature. She is currently Project Coordinator of the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award in Atlantic Canada. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is her first picture book.
grew up in Toronto, Ontario, and studied illustration and fine art at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She worked for many years as a children's bookseller before returning to painting and starting a new career as a cover artist and children's illustrator. Tara lives on a 200-acre farm outside of Tweed, Ontario, where seven domestic cats and numerous barn cats provide inspiration.
"Anderson's colorful illustrations sweetly capture the cat's antics and the reactions of the humans to her as well as her determination to stick like glue to Mrs. Cosy. The story's pacing and easy-to-read text against the crisp white background make for a great read-aloud. It is hard to imagine this cat being left on the shelf. Totally engaging."
— School Library Journal
". . . Small children, read this story, will purr in all the right places, too, and Tara Anderson's bright paintings raise the pleasure quotient."
— The Globe and Mail
"Tara Anderson's exuberant acrylics (with drawn elements) provide straightforward illustration for the narrative. The illustrations don't aim to provide any additional narrative elements or re-interpretations of the text, but there are charming and creative touches - like Mrs. Cosy's cat-themed pajamas. . . Overall, the stripy cat is portrayed with great affection and energy both in the text and illustration. This book will certainly work as a storytime read-aloud for the three to five crowd, especially for those obsessed with animals. . . There are strong threads of hope and acceptance that run through this book which make it a good candidate for comforting any child who often breaks the rules but still wants to know s/he is are lovable and loved.
— CM Magazine
"Halifax's Smiley has written a sweet tale of acceptance and love in her first picture book. As project co-ordinator of the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Smiley has seen enough quality children's literature to know what stories children will enjoy. That Stripy Cat, with its charming illustrations by Ontario's Tara Anderson, is one such tale."
— The Chronicle Herald (Halifax)
"The illustrations by Toronto's Tara Anderson capture Stripy's quirky character."
— The Waterloo Record