The Miss Meow Pageant is vintage Keens-Douglas: bursting with his unique brand of energy and mischievous humor.
Sparrow is a stray until Henrietta adopts him. He has a face only a mother could love, but Henrietta's friend Len coaxes her to enter her furry housemate in a feline beauty contest. Sparrow needs to train, of course. They are sure that his looks--not to mention gender--are no barrier, and they all prepare for the great day.
Richardo Keens-Douglas, an actor, playwright, author, and storyteller, has published several picture books for children, including The Trial of the Stone and The Nutmeg Princess. His works have appeared on American Bookseller's "Pick of the Lists" and been nominated for the Governor General's Award and the Silver Birch Award, among others. He presently divides his time between Grenada and Toronto.
Marie Lafrance was born in Quebec City. Following her love for drawing, she studied graphic arts at a CEGEP in Vieux-Montréal and also studied etching at Studio Graff. At age twenty-three Marie began working as a freelance illustrator, applying her talent to school textbooks, magazines, book covers and posters.
Keens-Douglas' fifth title for young readers packs as much gaiety and superb storytelling mirth as his previous four offerings. His stalwart aficionados will be thrilled with the briskly paced plot, the several moments that give rise to peals of laughter, and the valiant progression...a most unlikely protagonist of many stripes and shades... Lafrance's drawings are boldly outlined, and possess an infectious off-kilter spirit.