Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
No one needs a wizard and his old bag of tricks—until the day he meets a black cat with a spiffy hat and a lonely heart. Together they share a magical night in Toronto’s Casa Loma castle, enjoying a candlelight feast of tuna and wine and the company of new friends. Originally published in Lee’s 1974 collection, Nicholas Knock and Other People, The Cat and the Wizard enjoyed a second life as a much-praised picture book and is now available from HarperCollins.
About the authors
DENNIS LEE, Toronto’s first Poet Laureate and song lyricist for Fraggle Rock, is the author of enduringly popular children’s collections such as Alligator Pie, Garbage Delight, Jelly Belly, Bubblegum Delicious and The Ice Cream Store. He has received many honours, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for his body of work, and is also an acclaimed poet for adults. His poetry is anthologized and read aroUnd the world. He lives in Toronto.
JEREMY TANKARD was born in Cape Town, South Africa, but left at the age of five for a new life in the United States and then Canada. After attending the Alberta College of Art and Design, he worked as a graphic designer and typesetter before embarking on a career in illustration. His artwork has appeared in major publications such as Time Magazine and The New York Times, and his picture books—including Grumpy Bird, Boo Hoo Bird, Me Hungry!, Piggy Bunny, It’s a Tiger, and Here Comes Destructosaurus!—are hugely popular and widely acclaimed.
GILLIAN JOHNSON is a well-known children's book illustrator and author. Her illustrated work includes Saranohair, My Sister Gracie, and the Baby Bun Bun series (with Richard Scrimger). She is also the author of Thora: A Half-Mermaid Story. Johnson lives with her husband, writer Nicholas Shakespeare, and their sons in Tasmania and England.