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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Review: Backstage Cat

Simon is a backstage cat, feted and adored by her superstar theatre actress. But one evening, as his mistress goes on stage, the cat decides to nip out the stage door.

A loud bang gives Simon the fright of his life and--zoom!--he's soon up a tree where an entire army of theatre personal attempt to lure him down. Yelling, calling, sheer frustration--nothing works--until the cat's mistress comes out and sings a sweetly soft tune that lures her fluffy friend down.


This is a sweetly simple story about the importance of friendship and sticking together.

Gorgeously naive imagery, by the wonderful Jenni Desmond, lends this story a wistful look that will enchant both kids and adults. Absolutely bananas for her colour palette, too.

Kids are sure to fall in love with Simon.

Title: Backstage Cat
Author: Harriet Ziefert
Illustrator: Jenni Desmond
Publisher: Blue Apple, $22.99 RRP
Publication Date: 12 March 2013
Format: Hard cover with dust jacket
ISBN: 9781609052867
For ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture Book

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