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Wednesday 17 November 2021

Review: The Best Cat, the Est Cat

The Best Cat the Est Cat is more than just a story, it’s a fabulous guided tour of the State Library of NSW hosted by a magical mystical cat! 

Step inside the grand doors, embrace a little magic then explore the rooms, a gallery and take a lift deep underground. You’ll learn that not only books live at this library, but also history, knowledge, secrets, even ghosts in the walls. Discover old and obscure objects like the smallest book and the biggest map! The bravest, the boldest, the best and many more ‘ests’, the Best Cat shares them all! 

So who is this mystical cat? His name is Trim, he’s a statue who sits outside and comes to life, the first cat in Australia they say and it’s all explained, I encourage you to read the book to find out more!

Glorious rollicking rhyme and mixed media illustrations work in unity to create an engaging publication filled with motion, history and curiosity. I adore the way map and script text is pasted into the illustrations, it’s like the finishing touches on a wholesome journey.

This book is a wonderful story and educational resource which would strengthen a visit to the State Library of NSW but equally works on its own. A list of over 30 items to seek and find features at the back of the book for extended fun and learning.  

Libby Hathorn is an Australian award-winning author who has written over 80 books. Rosie Handley is an experienced designer, The Best Cat, the Est Cat is her debut title.

Title: The Best Cat, the Est Cat 
Author: Libby Hathorn
Illustrator: Rosie Handley
Publisher: State Library of New South Wales, $24.95 
Publication Date: 1 September 2021
Format: Hardcover
ISBN:  9781925831191
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book