Willow the Wildcat

Lynne Rickards; Illustrated by Kirsteen Harris-Jones

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£5.99
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Quick Look

  • A charming rhyming adventure starring a family of wildcats
  • Highly endangered, the latest reports suggest there are as few as 30 wildcats left in the wild in Scotland, with major rewilding projects currently underway
  • Willow the wildcat kitten and her brother Corrie learn to trust and appreciate each other in this heartwarming story of sibling love
  • From the author of the bestselling Skye the Puffling, Harris the Hero and Rowan the Red Squirrel

Wildcat kittens Willow and Corrie must learn to work together to find a safe new home. An adorable rhyming adventure from the author of Skye the Puffling, with charming illustrations of Scottish wildlife and the endangered wildcat.

Format:
paperback
Size:
230 x 265 mm
Publisher:
Floris Books
Subject:
Picture Kelpies
Illustrations:
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
Extent:
28 pages
ISBN:
9781782506300
Publication date:
20 Feb 2020
Series:
Picture Kelpies

Description

Willow the wildcat kitten and her brother Corrie live in a cosy den in the forest with their mum. But then disaster strikes when a nosy sheepdog collapses their den. Can the kittens stop bickering long to learn how to work together and find a warm, safe new home?

Written in Lynne Rickards' signature rhyme, this charming tale of two siblings learning to appreciate each other and work as a team features dynamic watercolour illustrations of Scottish wildlife and two wildcat kittens, which are endangered in Scotland.

From the author of best-selling Skye the Puffling and Rowan the Red Squirrel, Willow the Wildcat brings the beauty of the Scottish Highlands and its animal inhabitants to life.

Reviews

'This rhyming story deftly educates young readers about the habits and habitat of a critically endangered species, but the learning feels incidental because the characters and their adventures are so appealing, and their sibling rivalry feels so real. While there's plenty of cuteness, both Rickards' words and Harris-Jones' beautifully- detailed illustrations capture the fiercer side of the wildcats too – giving us a really rounded insight into the life of an enigmatic creature that we might never see for ourselves.'
-- Roaring Reads

'A cute story. The rhyming text and expressive pictures gently point out some of the threats to the cats' survival although here there's a happy ending.'
-- Jane Sandell

'This cute picture book has lovely illustrations of beautiful Scottish countryside, as the wildcats travel through forests, across a flowing burn, into a meadow of grass, and find an old castle ruin. The illustrations use soft colors with sunshine on every page! I loved the art style and the way the illustrations added depth to the story by adding details and expression...
The story has lovely character development for the two kittens.'
-- Books for MKs

'The illustrations provided by Kirsteen Harris-Jones reflect the beautiful Scottish countryside with the lush pine forests, cool blue streams, and glowing sunset on a long-forgotten castle.'
-- Youth Services Book Review, 4 stars

'I enjoyed the story and following three wildcats as they try to find a new place to live in the Scottish Highlands. Since this species is endangered, the book effectively shows some of the challenges to its survival... I liked the colorful illustrations and the way the young ones learned to work together, a good lesson for anyone.'
-- Goodreads, Barbara Ward

Praise for Lynne Rickards:

'A delightful book to read aloud to children.'
-- Childtastic Books on Rowan the Red Squirrel

'Written in a lovely rich rhyme, this is a delightful story'
-- Carousel on Harris the Hero

Author

Lynne Rickards was born in Canada and now lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. She grew up reading Dr Seuss books and as a result she loves writing in rhyme. Her picture book Pink! was nominated for a Royal Mail Book Award. She is the author of Lewis Clowns Around, Harris the Hero, Skye the Puffling and Rowan the Red Squirrel

Kirsteen Harris-Jones completed a BA in children's illustration for publishing, and has worked in advertising, graphic design and animation. She's now a freelance artist living in Shropshire with her husband and three children.

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