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Kate, The Cat and The Moon

By David Almond
Illustrated by Stephen Lambert

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  • £5.99

David Almond's first picture book for children explores transformation and magic... On a night rich with dreams, Kate wakes up and hears a cat.

'Once, in a shining night, while the moon looked down and the stars glittered in the endless sky, and all the house was lost in dreams... the little girl woke and heard a cat. "Miaow," called the cat. "Miaow."'

David Almond is known for his subtle and intelligent imagination. This, his first picture book, demonstrates his brilliance as a storyteller - as he weaves together the dreams of Kate, the girl and her family... on a single night of magic with spellbinding illustrations by Stephen Lambert.

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  • ISBN: 9780340773871
  • Publication date: 15 Sep 2005
  • Page count: 32
  • Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
Younger readers will be held in thrall. — Scottish Sunday Herald
David Almond's poetic text...provides a background for imaginations to soar. A book for bedtime that entertains through wonder rather than high drma is an unusual treat; this is one to savour. — The Guardian
New and imaginative. — The Sunday Times
Beautifully constructed and eminently re-readable. — Scottish Sunday Herald
A poetic text made of the stuff of dreams. — The Children's Bookseller
A book that will appeal to every child who has longed to run wild. — The Observer

ON KATE, THE CAT AND THE MOON:
1Children's Book of the Week - Sunday Times
2 '... new and imaginative...' - Culture Section, The Sunday Times
3'David Almond's poetic text barely tells a story; instead it provides a background for imaginations to soar. The dreamy world that he creates for Kate and the Cat to explore is made real in Stephen Lambert's painterly illustrations.' - Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian
4 '...one to savour.' - Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian

' Seldom are we lucky enough to find a picture book which explores the night, dreams and magical transformations in quite such a satisfying way as this one... It will be apparent that this is a complex and challenging picture book, but one that will repay many readings. Stephen's Lambert's illustrations are superb and full of life. — The School Librarian
One of the best of this year's new picture books. — The Irish Times

5 David Almond is a fine writer, one of the very finest we have. He is simply incapable of writing a bad sentence. In THE FIRE-EATERS, his sense of place is unerring. Michael Morpurgo, Financial Times Magazine
6 David Almond's The Fire-Eaters is an exceptional novel. - Lesley Agnew, The Bookseller
7 'Once in a while a book comes along that takes over your head and your heart. David Almond's The Fire-Eaters is such a book ... The writing is lyrical and atmospheric and establishes a strong sense of place.' - Wendy Cooling, The Bookseller
8 'Almond makes familiar issues fresh; his characters are finely drawn and his depiction of place perfectly realised.' - Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian
9 SKELLIG: 'Gripping, beautifully and brilliantly written. Everyone is raving about this unforgettable book.' - The Sunday Times
10 KIT'S WILDERNESS: '...this superb piece of lyrically-written literary fiction captivates children and their parents alike.' - The Guardian
11 HEAVEN EYES: 'David Almond understands the joy and fear of being alive better than most - Heaven Eyes is a mysterious gift of a novel.' - The Times
12 SECRET HEART: 'This gripping book will enrich your soul and fire your imagination.' - The Daily Telegraph

With words that move as smoothly as a cat in the night, this perfect, poetic picture book will stroke a child's imagination until it purrs. — Child Education
Like the best picture books, it reads like poetry. Lambert's illustrations complement the lyrical trance-like state. — the Glasgow Herald
Will leave young readers spellbound. — Books For Keeps
Action floats freely . . . Words and images are in a poetic and mesmeric partnership. — TES Teacher
A moonlit world of adventures . . . younger readers will enjoy exploring the scene. — Junior News and Mail
...beguiling text... inspired illustrations. — Publishing News
'David Almond's first picture book Kate, the Cat and the Moon has a poetic text made of the stuff of dreams, given magical shape and solidity in Stephen Lambert's artwork.' — The Children's Bookseller
"...has a poetic text made the stuff of dreams, given magical shape and solidarity in Stephen Lambert's artwork" - The Bookseller — Bookseller
'Almond's simple, almost incantatory prose is beautifully illustrated by Stephen Lambert, whose landscapes are reminiscent of Hockney. A book for every child who has longed for the freedom to run wild.' — the observer
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