I am so pleased to be helping to introduce a brand new kids’ publishing imprint today – Scribe’s new addition, Scribble! It’s always exciting to get a snifter of brand new books on the horizon and today I’ve got a little ripper for you…as well as an interview with the author and a chance for TWO lucky readers to win a copy of I am Doodle Cat! But more of that later. Let’s meet Doodle Cat! Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
I Am Doodle Cat and I am one very proud drawing. I’m red like a really ripe tomato. Sometimes I find it hard to choose between dancing and clawing the rug so I just do both at the same time. I make long lists of the things I love because it’s important to remember what makes you happy. I’ll help you spot the magic in silliness and the greatness in pretty much everything. Also, my best friend is a pangolin. Let’s be pals.
From the bright, energetic endpapers to the cheeky catalogue of loves, Doodle Cat is one book that is certainly going to appeal to mini-fleshlings. Although there is no traditional plot here, Doodle Cat’s list of things that he loves were varied and unexpected enough to provoke giggles (the cat method of bathing), raised eyebrows (maths) and more than one slightly confused facial expression (farts and lentils) from the oldest mini-fleshling in the house. Doodle Cat is a bit of a prankster I suspect, and his unconventional ways are ably illustrated by Lauren Marriott, who manages to put an enormous amount of character into even the most desultory of Doodle Cat’s bottom-wiggling dances.
The book also features short sections of commentary from Doodle Cat himself at the end of his litany of loves, which are quite lyrical and inspiring in their way. I suspect that once kids get a glimpse of Doodle Cat, he will remain in their memories for quite some time. Since we first read the book, the older mini-fleshling has developed some basic narrative drives of his own, piloting first Doodle Dog (a dog who loves to eat green things, including green ants) and Doodle Fly (a work in progress). But I get the sense that Doodle Cat probably loves being a muse, too.
Did I mention that I Am Doodle Cat has already won the Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Designed Children’s Book? Well it has!
Thanks to Scribble, I am able to offer TWO readers the chance to win a copy of I Am Doodle Cat! The giveaway is open internationally and to enter, all you need to do is click on the Rafflecopter link here:
Ts & Cs are in the Rafflecopter form. Good luck!
I know you’re itching to find out more about the creative genius behind Doodle Cat, so read on to find out Kat Patrick’s answers to some tough questions from the Shelf!
Doodle cat, with his catalogue of loves, seems the antithesis of world-famous Grumpy Cat. Do you think Doodle Cat’s positive outlook will inspire Grumpy Cat (and cats generally) to be less grumpy?
Sadly, no. The magical thing about cats is that they only do exactly what they want to do. We’ll drop Grumpy an email, though. Will let you know how it goes.
Your name is Kat and your main character is a cat. Coincidence or fate?!
Narcissism! Kidding, no. Fate.
How did you first meet Doodle Cat?
As he was zooming past on a paper aeroplane.
What was the first thing you did when you found out you’d won an award for Doodle Cat? Now that he’s had a taste of success, does Doodle Cat count book awards amongst his loves?
Messsaged Lauren in disbelief. I don’t think we’ll ever fully comprehend that that our little kind-hearted jerk is becoming so famous. Hope it doesn’t go to his head, but also: so what if it does. He’d probably just do few zooms around the house before going back to his ice cream.
What can we expect next for Doodle Cat?
Bit of trouble, but mostly fun.
Given our loveable natures and aesthetically pleasing visage, would you ever consider writing a book featuring Gargoyles?
Yes! Maybe she could play the bass guitar in Doodle Cat’s band.
You heard it here first! Perhaps Doodle Gargoyle is in the works!
Thanks again to Scribble for letting us share in the launch of this exciting new venture.
Until next time,