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August 2022 Juvenile Fiction

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    For sale with exclusive rights in: CA
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    Distributor: Publishers Group Canada Supplies to: CA Availability: Temporarily unavailable Expected Ship Date: Aug 26, 2022 On Sale Date: Aug 26, 2022 Carton Quantity: 31 $26.95 CAD
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A Better Way to Bell a Cat
By (author): Bonnie Grubman Illustrated by: Judi Abbot
Bonnie Grubman ,

Illustrated by :

Judi Abbot





Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book


Age (years) 5 - 10
Aug 26, 2022
$26.95 CAD


11.42in x 8.27 x 0.11 in | 390 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


full color
JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories

"A familiar story told with a bit of pathos, ending with camaraderie and some suspense." - Kirkus Reviews

Elwood, Bernardo, and Vincent enjoy a nice, easy life. Until the humans bring home . . . MEOW! Oh, no, a cat in the house! Goodbye, lazy days. Unless the mice succeed in their plan, of course!

A funny story about a new roommate and clever, scheming mice. For mouse and cat lovers ages 5 years and up.

Bonnie Grubman grew up with a love of reading. As a child, she lived in an apartment with her family, pet turtles, and a parakeet. On hot summer nights, she would cool off on the fire escape with a flashlight and a big stack of books. Bonnie went to nursing school, but later decided to trade her nurse's hat for a classroom full of picture books. She was inspired by her students who found joy and curiosity in everything they saw. Because of these kids, and for all kids, she became a writer. Bonnie lives in Syosset, New York.

Judi Abbot was born and raised in Italy. She studied illustration at the art school in Milan. Now, she lives with her family in London. Judy usually works with acrylics, collage and color pencils, but she is also good with digital media. Next to her work as an illustrator, Judy organizes creative workshops for children in bookshops and in libraries.

"The peaceful, safe life three mice enjoy is threatened when the homeowner introduces a “rather large tabby.” The mice flee and, while hiding, try to come up with a plan to bell the cat. Several failed though innovative ideas later, the clever rodents come up with a Trojan horse–style plan. They hide within the stuffing of Fluffy, a toy dog, and approach the napping feline with loud woofs, hoping to scare the newcomer away. The cat is unimpressed, but the three mice are relieved when the feline states, “I’m not a mouser. I’m just a cat who fancies canned food, friendship, and harmonious living.” The cat is warmly welcomed, and a lasting friendship is formed between the new and existing housemates. Then, ominously the humans bring home “a rather large pup.” The foregone cliffhanger conclusion leaves readers with some anticipation and intrigue. Pleasing, emotive, cartoon-style illustrations enhance this straightforward, sympathetic narrative with characters who are apprehensive though amenable to a changing situation. (This book was reviewed digitally.) A familiar story told with a bit of pathos, ending with camaraderie and some suspense." - Kirkus Reviews

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