Puss Jekyll Cat Hyde

Puss Jekyll Cat Hyde


By (author) Joyce Dunbar, Illustrated by Jill Barton

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  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books
  • Format: Hardback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 254mm x 300mm x 10mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 26 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847803695
  • ISBN 13: 9781847803696
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: chiefly col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 468,519

Product description

Good puss or bad cat? Jekyll or Hyde? One and the same? Who decides? Puss Jekyll is the soft cuddly cat of the house grooming her fur, but at night she becomes Cat Hyde, hunting mice, all fang and claw. Page by page this delightful book explores the two very distinct personalities of the enchanting pet. Sleeping in a cosy spot or prowling in the moonlight, lapping milk from a bowl or stalking a defenceless trembling vole, playing with a ball of wool or savaging her prey, graceful and aristocratic or ruthless street fighter, can this really be the same creature? The beautifully evocative rhythmic and rhyming text is accompanied by luminous coloured-pencil and watercolour drawings that make the reader want to reach out and feel the fur. This treat for cat-lovers of all ages is from the highly acclaimed author of bestselling picture books such as Tell Me Something Before You Go to Sleep, and the illustrator of such classics as Martin Waddell's The Pig in the Pond and the Boston Globe Horn Book Award winning In the Rain with Baby Duck.

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Author information

JOYCE DUNBAR was born and brought up in Lincolnshire. She taught English for 20 years before becoming a full-time writer. Her books for children include This is the Star, which became a world-wide best-seller, and Mundo and the Weatherchild, which was runner-up for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. The popular Mouse and Mole series has been animated for television with the voices of Alan Bennett and Richard Briers. She lives in Norwich. JILL BARTON has always loved drawing and children's books, but didn't pursue this passion as a career for many years. At the age of 44, having married and brought up three children, Jill enrolled on a degree in illustration. She graduated in 1988 and hasn't looked back since. Jill has illustrated many bestselling books for children and received numerous awards for her work. She now has five grandchildren, and lives and works in Torquay, Devon.

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A great book ... As well as appealing to cat people, this appeals to story lovers. I love it. I also love the language, the sometimes jarring rhyme and sense of threat against the comfort[ing] ... This is EXACTLY the kind of writing, in a 'cat' book for children, that people should be producing. -- Henry Layte The Book Hive delightful Parents in Touch 'Cat-lovers of all ages will drool over this elegant picture book.' Carousel 'This exquisite picture book is a visual feast and an audio treat that demands to be read aloud.' 'An absolutely delightful book ... to be cherished by cat lovers of all ages.' Armadillo 'The purrfect picture book' Your Cat Joyce Dunbar's poetic consideration of the nature of cats offers ... the very essence of feline duality: that the purring creature so soft and silky is also the demon that spits and springs. Wall Street Journal 'This is one of those books that you feel will become an immediate classic. It is both simple and sophisticated. Smaller children will love the illustrations and older ones will enjoy the comparison between the two sides of the personality. A really lovely book.' School Librarian 5 star review - 'Barton, on generous double-spreads, splendidly captures the dual aspects of this cat... matched by Dunbar's descriptive word sequences, making this a lovely book for a child to look at alone, or even better, to share with a complicit cat-admiring adult.' Books for Keeps