Friday, July 4, 2014

Real life cat makes it into picture book

Esau the Paw by Chris Gurney, ill. John Bennett, Scholastic NZ

"Esau the Paw was a very cool cat.
No cat was fluffier, be sure of that!
Like a big bloated fur ball, he strutted and stalked,
enjoying the smiles he received as he walked."
Chris Gurney, rhyming expert, is best known for her numerous titles in Scholastic’s very popular Kiwi Corkers series, but she occasionally branches out into other stories. This appealing little tale is based on her own cat, Chevy - who has thick, fluffy fur and had to go to the vet for a trim when his coat became too dirty and tangled to brush.
Any cat owner can envisage the look on Chevy’s face when he found most of his fur shaved off... But don’t bother imagining, check out Chevy’s reaction by visiting the hilarious photos on Chris’s blog at Chris’s imagination runs wild in the story as Esau tries to grow his fur back again with castor oil and skin lotion. But eventually, “Yes, Esau the Paw was a VERY cool cat, whose fur all grew back, given time - fancy that!” The crisp cartoon illustrations show Esau as a plump, slightly goofy cat (he definitely can’t glower as well as Chevy does) who will catch the interest of children from about four to seven, especially those who love cats. This book would be fine to read in front of a group of children aged about four to seven.

ISBN 978 1 77543 185 5 $19.50 Pb

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