I received a copy of Big Cat in exchange for this feature. All thoughts expressed are my own.
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Have you ever mistaken a sweet kitten at the zoo for a house cat? If you are anything like my three-year-old and myself, you will see any sweet furry friend and ooh and ahh your way past their very big teeth. We are huge animal lovers and I often find myself thinking, I’d love to cuddle a tiger. Call me crazy, but I love those sweet faces from far away. When ‘Big Cat’ arrived on my doorstep, I had to read it for myself before the kids got home. I usually like the surprise of reading a book along with my children for the first time, but this book already had my attention. It’s a magically done picture book, that tells its story in a whole new world with its bold and bright illustrations. The illustrations have a retro appeal from cover to cover, reminiscent of a 1970’s picture book.
Noted as a ‘one to watch’ by The Bookseller magazine: Big Cat by Emma Lazell
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Isobel’s grandma has lost her glasses and she can’t see a thing without them. While Isobel and Gran are in the garden searching for the specs, they come across a cat. A very big cat. A very big and stripy cat! The big cat moves in with them, much to the disgust of all gran’s other cats. He might be good fun, but he takes up lots of space and eats every scrap of food. Eventually, the new cat’s mom and dad turn up, looking for their missing son. And they just happen to have found gran’s glasses too. The tiger family are delighted to be reunited—and gran now sees that she’s been sharing her house with… a tiger! A heartwarming and surreal romp, packed with jokes and funny details and with an underlying message of acceptance.
About the author:
Emma Lazell is a UK-based illustrator and author. Her work is linear, expressive, and sprinkled with irony and playfulness. In 2018 she completed the prestigious MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, graduating with a distinction. In 2014 she graduated with an undergraduate degree in Illustration from The University for the Creative Arts. Big Cat is her debut picture book.