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When Martha's Away

by Bruce Ingman
 

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When you go off to school, you think I just sleep all day. WELL, BOY, HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU!

Martha may think her cat, Lionel, merely naps while she is at school, but she is quite mistaken. Lionel has a jam-packed schedule. He busies himself during the day by catching up on current affairs, weightlifting, cooking, painting, and — most important —

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When you go off to school, you think I just sleep all day. WELL, BOY, HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU!

Martha may think her cat, Lionel, merely naps while she is at school, but she is quite mistaken. Lionel has a jam-packed schedule. He busies himself during the day by catching up on current affairs, weightlifting, cooking, painting, and — most important — socializing. This award-winning tale of a cat’s private life is presented with humor and panache by the talented Bruce Ingman.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Martha may think her cat sleeps the day away while she is in school, but she is quite mistaken. In this book, Lionel details his daily schedule. And what a busy cat he truly is! Broad paint strokes in bright colors follow Lionel's adventures.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Martha believes that when she walks out the door, her feline, Lionel, ``cat naps'' the day away. Little does she know about his interest in current news, weightlifting, cooking, and his artistic and musical talents. Not to mention the fact that Lionel seems to be the ``cat's meow'' to his female counterparts in the neighborhood. What is even more amazing is that Lionel squeezes all these activities into a matter of hours! More than just cat lovers will get a chuckle out of this ``when the human's away the cat will play'' book. The bold, uncluttered illustrations on solid pages of color define objects quite nicely and are pleasing to the eye. The vibrant pictures and the variety of fonts used in the print allow for reading this enjoyable book to a group of children or individually. This cat just might score as high on an I.Q. test as Puss in Boots.-Kathy Mitchell, Gadsden Co. Public Library, Quincy, FL
Ilene Cooper
Haven't you wondered what your cat does while you're away? Well, in this sprightly story, a forthright feline named Lionel comes clean. He talks on the phone, lifts weights, and makes himself salmon poached in milk for lunch. Sometimes Gladys, a kitty from across the hall, comes over and poses for him. Often, picture books that amuse adults are way over the heads of their intended audience. The great thing about this book is that adults will extrapolate and laugh, but kids will find it funny at a literal level. Helping that along are Ingman's terrific pictures done in acrylics with pen-and-ink details. Deceptively simple in shapings and design, the art has a childlike feel that readers--young and old--will respond to. A keen debut.
From the Publisher
"Oversized and irresistible, Ingman's first book features gestural paintings full of bright, bold colors, inventive typography, and a soupcon of sly humor. It will inspire laughs out loud from all readers, no matter what their ages." Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763651350
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Bruce Ingman is the award-winning children’s book illustrator of The Pencil, Previously, The Runaway Dinner, and Everybody Was a Baby Once and Other Poems, all by Allan Ahlberg. His illustrations have also appeared in several magazines, including British Vogue. Bruce Ingman lives in London.

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