All sorts of cats come to life in this colourful and rhyming feline romp ... but which cat is the best?
Emma Dodd studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Saint Martin,s School of Art, London. Since qualifying in 1992 she has worked as an illustrator from her studio in Surrey, England. When not working, Emma and her family spend as much time as they can near the coast, surfing and walking. She has worked on many books, including the popular "Amazing Baby" series ,Templar Publishing,. The first book she wrote and illustrated herself, "What Pet to Get " ,Templar Publishing, was shortlisted for the 2006 Early Years Awards. Emma,s books for Orchard have proved an instant hit and her vibrant illustrations and funny storytelling delight children the world over.
I Don't Want a Cool Cat****Emma Dodd, Orchard, 32pp, 978 1 84616 950 2, ?10.99 hbkThis is a delightful companion to Dodd's I Don't Want a Posh Dog, where again animals with attitude stalk, amble, prance, sprawl across her double-page spreads. The rhythmic rhyming text, brilliant for reading aloud, introduces a variety of unsuitable felines until eventually the little girl narrator finds a cat that she can call 'My own cat'!Dodd's characteristic line is strong, clearly outlining her subjects and allowing for an infill of colour ranging from muted to bright. While some pages are filled with the bulk of an over-fluffy cat other are allowed plenty of space to emphasise scale. There is lots to share and talk about in this picture book, whether in a classroom or on a one-to-one basis. Dodd is becoming known for her characterful animal creations and the cats on these pages are delightful additions to her menagerie. - Books for KeepsThe bouncing rhyming text makes this an ideal choice for reading aloud, and the humour of the illustrations will delight ailurophiles large or small. - The Herald (Glasgow)A perfect read-aloud bedtime book. - Irish TimesA perfect partnership between words and pictures. - Sunday TelegraphGreat fun. - CarouselGorgeous. A read-aloud favourite. - Bookseller