Maya and the Lost Cat (Hardcover)

By Caroline Magerl, Caroline Magerl (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9781536204230, 40pp.

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

List Price: 16.99*
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Description

Where does Cat live, and who can lead the way there? A lyrical, charmingly offbeat tale about wanderlust and family, rescue and finding home.

On a roof, as wet as a seal, as gray as a puddle, Cat was rumbling, a rumbly purr.

What will lure Cat down? Feather boas? Pretty pink shoelaces? A boatful of fish under a tiny tin sail? Maya finally succeeds, only to watch Cat jump on the roof again, above a thousand lit windows, one of which must be Cat’s own. As the rain keeps coming down, how can Maya help Cat find its home? With whimsical watercolors both fluid and full of expression, Caroline Magerl portrays a child on a mission and an adventurous cat who keeps its mysteries as quiet as its paws in a story that follows a kindly impulse to an unexpected conclusion.


About the Author

Caroline Magerl is the award-winning author-illustrator of Rose and the Wish Thing and the illustrator of Grandma’s Shoes by Libby Hathorn. Born in Germany, she moved to Australia when she was two and lived there on a boat that her family built until she was fourteen. She lives in Queensland, Australia.


Praise For Maya and the Lost Cat

Magerl's watercolor-and-ink illustrations bear a striking resemblance to Quentin Blake's or Charlotte Voake's art, with their loose lines and whimsical sensibility...A cozy, quirky read.
—Kirkus Reviews

With atmospheric watercolor washes and an indomitable and eccentrically styled protagonist, this is a story that even those skeptical of feline charms will find easy to love.
—Publishers Weekly

The text in this Australian import is rife with onomatopoeia (“thunketty thunk”) and fun-to-say phrases (“oily silver morsel”) with a lyrical cadence that would be enjoyable to read aloud. The gloomy, muted palette of the illustrations and wayward, sketchy raindrops on each page make this a great pick to accompany a rainy day.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Magerl's charming watercolor pictures make this title especially memorable.
—BookPage