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August 2018

Sometimes the magic works

By Calista Brill, illustrated by Kenard Pak

We all need a little make-believe sometimes, and in Cat Wishes, author Calista Brill teams up with artist Kenard Park to create a fairy tale fit for feline lovers everywhere.

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We all need a little make-believe sometimes, and in Cat Wishes, author Calista Brill teams up with artist Kenard Pak to create a fairy tale fit for feline lovers everywhere.

The story begins with a hungry cat who wishes for something to eat. The cat soon finds a tasty-looking snake who offers the cat three wishes in exchange for sparing his life. “No such thing as a wish,” declares the cat. “Sure of that, are you?” asks the snake. And so the skeptical cat finds himself making wishes anyway. He would certainly love a fish. And then, when it begins to rain, a house with “a roasty, toasty fireplace” would be very nice. And most of all, in the lonely, shadowy night, a friend would certainly come in handy. All of these wishes are fulfilled.

There’s a sweet twist to Brill’s tale. The cat discovers he’s not the only creature who has benefited from the snake’s three wishes. Just as the cat wishes for a friend, a girl appears, claiming that she made a wish for a friend, too.

Cat is an endearing hero whose adventures are never too scary for young readers. With Pak’s gentle pastel illustrations and Brill’s simple message, Cat Wishes is a lovely bedtime story that will also delight toddlers exploring the magic of friendship.

 

This article was originally published in the August 2018 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

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Cat Wishes

Cat Wishes

By Calista Brill, illustrated by Kenard Pak
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ISBN 9780544610552

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