Bella Lost and Found

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Bella is an indoor cat who lives inside a lighthouse.

She has always imagined having great adventures on the high seas.

But she has never gone outside until . . .

One day she finds an open door and ventures down to the sea.

Bella hops onto a sailboat and drifts away just like in her dreams.

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Overview

Bella is an indoor cat who lives inside a lighthouse.

She has always imagined having great adventures on the high seas.

But she has never gone outside until . . .

One day she finds an open door and ventures down to the sea.

Bella hops onto a sailboat and drifts away just like in her dreams.

In this tale of adventure, Ryan O'Rourke introduces a lovable cat, Bella, whose travels bring her to new friends and, ultimately, return her to her sweet home.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
04/01/2014
K-Gr 2—Bella is a calico cat who has lived her whole life in a lighthouse—until the day she slips outside and goes on an adventure. Her journey first takes her to a little sailboat that is just her size, then a gust of wind sends her out to sea. Soon she finds herself riding on the back of a whale, who tells her to head down to the bottom of the ocean to meet his friend Arthur who will help her get home. Arthur is a bespectacled octopus who carries her to dry land on one of his long tentacles. Once on the beach, Bella meets crabs and seagulls, all of whom help her find her way home to her friend in the lighthouse. Mixed-media and digital illustrations create cute and cartoonish sea imagery in muted pastels.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-09
An indoor kitty goes out to sea by mistake.Bella comes from a long line of sea cats but has never ventured outdoors from the lighthouse where she lives. One day, however, she slips through a door and goes outside, heading down to the water's edge. There, she hops into a tiny, empty sailboat, is blown out to sea, hitches a ride with a whale, elicits the help of an octopus and some crabs, and then, still lost as night falls, fortuitously hears her name called and finds her way back home. The visually well-designed pages incorporate hand-lettering both as a design element within the illustrations and to depict sounds, and it is these that save the stylized digital illustrations from feeling cold and sterile. The story has bits of humor but is essentially passive. Bella shows a distinct lack of curiosity about the world around her—curiosity won't kill this cat—and is solely focused on getting home. Happily, she does. The last page, stating that Bella feels lucky to have gone to sea and made it home, feels tacked on and doesn't add anything to the story. The front endpapers that show Bella dreaming about her seafaring ancestors, then inserting herself in her adventure on the rear endpapers do finish it, though.Well-designed visuals hold up a somewhat flat story. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062218612
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 934,980
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ryan O'Rourke is a full-time professor of illustration at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire. He attended the University of Hartford, where he received his BFA and MFA in illustration. Ryan's inspiration for Bella Lost and Found came from his adventurous cat, Bella, who always winds up hidden in unexpected places. Ryan and his wife, Trish, spend large parts of their summers on Cape Cod, and most of Bella's story was influenced by their time there. Ryan's artwork has appeared at the Society of Illustrators, and he has shown his work in numerous exhibitions around the country. He lives in New Hampshire with Trish and is a huge New England sports fan.

Ryan O'Rourke is a full-time professor of illustration at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire. He attended the University of Hartford, where he received his BFA and MFA in illustration. Ryan's inspiration for Bella Lost and Found came from his adventurous cat, Bella, who always winds up hidden in unexpected places. Ryan and his wife, Trish, spend large parts of their summers on Cape Cod, and most of Bella's story was influenced by their time there. Ryan's artwork has appeared at the Society of Illustrators, and he has shown his work in numerous exhibitions around the country. He lives in New Hampshire with Trish and is a huge New England sports fan.

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