Authors: 6–9

Polly Faber & Clara Vulliamy

Polly Faber writes books for children. She lives in London with her husband, two sons and two cats; the exceedingly fluffy Alan and his sleek moustachioed sister Babs. Her books include Picking Pickle and the Mango and Bambang series.

Clara Vulliamy is an illustrator and author perhaps best known for her Dixie O’Day series, for which she collaborated with her mother, Shirley Hughes. Clara has teamed up with Polly Faber on several projects including the Mango and Bambang series and picture book Picking Pickle. Clara has written and illustrated the Dotty Detective series and her latest solo series Marshmallow Pie the Cat Superstar.

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The Book Cat

This is a classic wartime tale of a (real!) cat who made his home at the Faber offices and decided he’d never leave.

‘This time we need to get you – get all of the kittens, safe out of London,’ said Morgan decisively . . . ‘To have a chance for a better life, well, let’s just say, I’ve got an idea.’

Morgan is a young orphan who lives off scavenging – until he finds a cosy home at a famous London publishing house. Over time he learns a trade – and soon becomes the very best book cat in the business. And then the Blitz begins. Morgan finds himself training up twenty odd kittens to be book cats, and then there is the small matter of secretly evacuating them out of London. Happily, Morgan has a plan.

Set in war-torn London, charmingly illustrated, and full of heart and verve.

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