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.
(P) Hodder Children's Books 2005
David Almond is the author of Skellig, My Name is Mina, Island, Bone Music 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), the Nonino International Prize, the James Kruss Prize and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. He has also won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the world's most prestigious prize for children's authors. In 2021, David was awarded an OBE for services to literature.
David speaks at festivals and conferences around the world. He is Emeritus 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 Newcastle, the city in which he was born.