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Cats in Children’s Fiction / Paula Harrison

We are delighted to welcome best-selling author Paula Harrison to our blog today, whose new book Kitty and the Starlight Song is published this month.


Paula’s early reader series features a girl called Kitty and her crew of felines as they embark upon brave rooftop adventures in the moonlight. Illustrated in cool blacks and oranges, these fun-filled mystery adventures with talking cats are likely to be a purrrfectly popular independent reading choice among ages 6-8.


Paula began inventing stories and writing them down as a child. After taking an English Degree she became a primary school teacher, where she loved sharing books, before writing stories of her own. Paula lives with her husband and children, and a very naughty black cat called Inky who likes to steal socks from the washing basket to play with! Paula has always loved cats because of their independent nature and playful personalities.


Paula popped by our blog to tell us about some of her own favourite cats from the world of children’s books…


Guest Post – Five favourite cats in children’s books

by Paula Harrison, author of the Kitty series (available here)


My Five Favourite Cats –

Cats have a very special place in my heart and I love to read about them. Here are my five favourite book cats. The only difficulty was narrowing it down to five!


1. Mog

from the Meg and Mog series by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski


There’s actually more than one famous Mog as the books by Judith Kerr are also very popular. But I love Mog from Meg and Mog the best. He’s a great companion to Meg on her adventures and I love the illustrations. Jan Pienkowski draws him in such expressive poses each time something goes wrong.


2. Macavity

from T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats


Macavity the Mystery Cat is one of a kind! He makes a great villain and of course he’s never caught!


3.Tom Kitten

from The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter


Tom is very mischievous too but in an adorable way! He really can’t help getting into trouble and that’s what makes him such a great character.


4. Cheshire Cat

from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


The Cheshire Cat is an unpredictable kind of animal. Sometimes he helps Alice on her journey and sometimes he just causes trouble, but who could forget a cat that disappears leaving behind just a wide smile?


5. Firepaw

from the Warrior Cats series by Erin Hunter


Firepaw leaves his life as a house cat and joins a clan of wild cats living in the wilderness. He eventually works his way up to being a warrior and a clan leader. This is a long and very popular series of books. My eldest daughter became a super-fan so I know them very well!


Kitty and the Starlight Song by Paula Harrison, illustrated by Jenny Lovlie is available now published by Oxford Children’s Books | Paperback | Age 5+ | £5.99.


The Kitty books also feature on our First Chapter Books booklist.




Many thanks to Paula for visiting our blog and sharing her favourite fictional cats. For more about the series, check out the other stops on the blog tour, too.


> Order Kitty and the Starlight Song on BookShop.Org

> Order Kitty and the Starlight Song on Amazon

> Visit Paul Harrison’s Website




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