Wednesday, March 11, 2009

the cat with no name

the cat with no name by Sher Foley, illustrated by Brian Lovelock, published by Scholastic
Once, not so very long ago,
there was a small cat with no name.
He also had no home, apart from a
cardboard box under a motorway bridge
in the middle of a big city.

The cat with no name ventures out each night to find food. The first night he tries egg foo yung at the local chinese takeaway. The next night he tries spaghetti carbonara at the Italian cafe and so on. Each times he samples the food and says it 'didn't taste like food for a cat'. Then one evening the little cat went for a long, long walk until he reached a garden with a family...

This beautifully illustrated picture book is a delight. Teachers will love it because they can integrate it into their study of different cultures for the Junior school. As well as different types of food, each person greets the cat in their own language. Children will want it read again and again - after a while they'll be chanting the repetitive passages back to their parents.

This is Sher Foley's first book and she has teamed up with her partner Brian Lovelock (illustrator of Roadworks). By day she is a scientific librarian and he's a geochemist. By night she's tapping away at the computer and he's splashing water colour paints around - they make a great team!

ISBN: 9 781869 438852 RRP $17.99
Reviewed by Maria Gill

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