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A Curious Collection of Cats is Honored!

Meowsers!

A Curious Collection of Cats has been awarded an Honor from the Pennsylvania Center for the Book: The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award.

From their site: “The national Lee Bennett Hopkins Award for Children’s Poetry shall be granted annually to an anthology of poetry or a single volume poem published for children in the previous calendar year (as per copyright) by a living American poet or anthologist. The Lee Bennett Hopkins Award for Children’s Poetry shall be administered by The Pennsylvania Center for the Book and Penn State University Libraries.”

Exciting!

xm

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast – the interview

Good morning my dears:

A while back, the kind folks at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast did a Q & A with your truly about all things Curious and Cat-like: Behold! These are kind (and smart) folks, and their blog is definitely worth a look-see.

http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=1611

xm

Linka Dinka Do!

Today’s Curious Cat Links:

A Curious Collection of Cats on Google Books.

• A CCC reviewed on Poetry for Children.

• A CCC featured on Young Adult Books Central.

• Lots of people love CCC on Good Reads!

xm

Cat Haiku 2 at Kepler’s Books

Here’s Andy and Michael (with Betsy!) performing Cat Haiku 2 at Kepler’s Books in Palo Alto on June 28, 2009.

The deep rhythmic retch
of the tabby’s gags and coughs:
A nasty hairball

xm

A most excellent review from School Library Journal!

Elizabeth Bird from School Library Journal wrote a most glowing (and thorough) review of our book, and we were so pleased. You can check it out here. A friend of mine asked me “is Elizabeth Bird your mom?”

Here’s why:

“For the child that desperately wants a cat, the child who already has a cat, and the child who has never even seen a cat, this is a great book. Basically that’s just a long and complicated way of saying that this book is for everyone. As funny and frisky as a kitty itself, this is one book of poetry you are not going to want to miss. An amazing debut and an amazing collection. Everything you need to know, you’ll learn from these cats.”

Wow.

x michael

A Curious Collection of Cats

Welcome!

A Curious Collection of Cats arrived on the scene in 2009 (edited by the most excellent Abigail Samoun and published by our friends at Tricycle Press), and we’ve been having a ball promoting this book. We thought we’d collect all the promotional materials in one place: here you go! Hey, if you haven’t picked up a copy of the book yet, here’s your chance. We’ll be posting images and video from our work and appearances, as well as how-tos and our favorite cat stories. We’d love to hear what you think!

If you’d like a sneak preview of the images from the book, you can head over to Michael’s Flickr site.

Here’s a little bit of video from the book opening at Diesel Books in Oakland. Andy and Michael decided to put some of the cat poems from the book to song, and perform them for the opening:

x michael