Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Mrs. Crump's Cat by Linda Smith, illustrated by David Roberts

Mrs. Crump's Cat by Linda Smith, illustrated by David Roberts (HarperCollins, 2006). The last thing Mrs. Crump needs is a cat, especially a "sneaky, finicky, troublesome, WET, yellow cat with FLEAS." Or does she? A heartwarming story about hard-earned friendship. Ages 4-up.

From the publisher bio: Linda Smith is the author of: When Moon Fell Down, illustrated by Kathryn Brown (HarperCollins, 2001); Mrs. Biddlebox, illustrated by Marla Frazee (HarperCollins, 2002)(an SCBWI Golden Kite Award winner for picture book illustration); and There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Boot, illustrated by Jane Manning (HarperCollins, 2003).

She was born in Chicago, raised in Grand Rapids, and eventually made her home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with her husband, her eight children, and a number of unusual pets, including a huge pig named Porkchop.

Linda lived a full life in a short time. On June 28, 2000, she passed away after a two-year battle with breast cancer, but she left behind a world of language, love, and good humor that shines through her books.

My Thoughts

Linda Smith's legacy of children's writing is an inspiration. She had a particular talent for making stories about adults child-friendly.

Cynsational Notes

Linda dedicated this book to Janie Bynum (author-illustrator interview) and Katie Davis (author-illustrator interview) "for their beautiful friendship, encouragement, and guidance."

See also Kit Lit: Cat Picture Books from Mercury Boo.

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