Publication Date: October 11, 2011
List Price: $16.99*
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A lonely cat, a rainy night, and an empty dinghy launch a heartwarming, seafaring tale about finding home in unlikely places.
The scrawny cat used to belong to someone, someone who scratched his ears and let him lick her chin and knew his name. Now the only thing anyone ever calls him is "get out of here!" But when a snarling dog and a blowing rain turn the scrawny cat into a sailor cat, he learns that even a scared and shivery stray can find a kindred soul at the end of a storm-tossed night. Phyllis Root's lyrical narrative joins with charming illustrations by Alison Friend in a classic, comforting tale about a lost creature that cat lovers (and story hounds) will cozy up to.
Alison Friend has loved drawing animals since she was a little girl. She spent three years after art school as an apprentice stonemason, where she worked high up in the historic buildings of Nottingham, England. Alison lives with her husband and son in a small cottage in the Lake District in England, known for its fells and lakes and also famous for being home to Beatrix Potter. Alison is the illustrator of five picture books, including What Color Is Caesar? by Maxine Kumin and Scrawny Cat by Phyllis Root.