David Almond's first picture book for children explores transformation and magic... On a night rich with dreams, Kate wakes up and hears a cat.
'Once, in a shining night, while the moon looked down and the stars glittered in the endless sky, and all the house was lost in dreams... the little girl woke and heard a cat. "Miaow," called the cat. "Miaow."' David Almond is known for his subtle and intelligent imagination. This, his first picture book, demonstrates his brilliance as a storyteller - as he weaves together the dreams of Kate, the girl and her family... on a single night of magic with spellbinding illustrations by Stephen Lambert.
ON KATE, THE CAT AND THE MOON:
1Children's Book of the Week - Sunday Times
2 '... new and imaginative...' - Culture Section, The Sunday Times
3'David Almond's poetic text barely tells a story; instead it provides a background for imaginations to soar. The dreamy world that he creates for Kate and the Cat to explore is made real in Stephen Lambert's painterly illustrations.' - Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian
4 '...one to savour.' - Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian
' Seldom are we lucky enough to find a picture book which explores the night, dreams and magical transformations in quite such a satisfying way as this one... It will be apparent that this is a complex and challenging picture book, but one that will repay many readings. Stephen's Lambert's illustrations are superb and full of life. - The School Librarian
One of the best of this year's new picture books. - The Irish Times
5 David Almond is a fine writer, one of the very finest we have. He is simply incapable of writing a bad sentence. In THE FIRE-EATERS, his sense of place is unerring. Michael Morpurgo, Financial Times Magazine
6 David Almond's The Fire-Eaters is an exceptional novel. - Lesley Agnew, The Bookseller
7 'Once in a while a book comes along that takes over your head and your heart. David Almond's The Fire-Eaters is such a book ... The writing is lyrical and atmospheric and establishes a strong sense of place.' - Wendy Cooling, The Bookseller
8 'Almond makes familiar issues fresh; his characters are finely drawn and his depiction of place perfectly realised.' - Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian
9 SKELLIG: 'Gripping, beautifully and brilliantly written. Everyone is raving about this unforgettable book.' - The Sunday Times
10 KIT'S WILDERNESS: '...this superb piece of lyrically-written literary fiction captivates children and their parents alike.' - The Guardian
11 HEAVEN EYES: 'David Almond understands the joy and fear of being alive better than most - Heaven Eyes is a mysterious gift of a novel.' - The Times
12 SECRET HEART: 'This gripping book will enrich your soul and fire your imagination.' - The Daily Telegraph
With words that move as smoothly as a cat in the night, this perfect, poetic picture book will stroke a child's imagination until it purrs. - Child Education
Like the best picture books, it reads like poetry. Lambert's illustrations complement the lyrical trance-like state. - the Glasgow Herald
Will leave young readers spellbound. - Books For Keeps
Action floats freely . . . Words and images are in a poetic and mesmeric partnership. - TES Teacher
David Almond is the author of Skellig, My Name is Mina, Counting Stars, The Savage, Island, A Song for Ella Grey, The Colour of the Sun and many other novels, stories, picture books, opera librettos, songs and plays. His work is translated into 40 languages, and is widely adapted for stage and screen. His major awards include the Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, the Michael L Printz Award (USA), Le Prix Sorcieres (France) and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. In 2010 he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the world's most prestigious prize for children's authors.
David speaks at festivals and conferences around the world. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. He is widely regarded as one of the most exciting, inspirational and innovative children's authors writing today. He has one amazing daughter. He lives in Bath and in Newcastle, the city in which he was born.