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Tale-Feather ‘To Be A Cat’ by Matt Haig

January 4, 2012

Tabs says…

“Issue Zero of The Phoenix Comic features an extract from the brilliant TO BE A CAT by Matt Haig. It’s illustrated by Pete Williamson. Matt’s last book SHADOW FOREST won heaps of awards including the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award, the Blue Peter Book of the Year and the Blue Peter ‘I Couldn’t Put It Down’ Award! Pete is a Blue Peter award-winner, too for his ace illustrations on Marcus Sedgwick’s LUNATICS AND LUCK. I think TO BE A CAT is brilliant. And not just because I am one! It’s full of really exciting scenes. Some are pretty scary, and it’s dead funny, too. The only annoying thing is that you can’t actually buy lexapro no prescription, it until March. Poo. Except … we’ve got two very special preview issues of the book to give away! Wahay! All you need to do to enter is tell us the name of Barney’s mum (hint: you can find out by reading the extract in Issue Zero). Email the answer to tales@thephoenixcomic.co.uk by 31st December 2011, along with your name and address. And I’ll email the two lucky winners with the good news!”

And here’s what the book blurb says…

Life couldn’t get any worse for twelve-year-old Barney Willow. He’s weedy, with sticky-out ears. Evil bully Gavin Needle and horrible head-teacher-from-hell Miss Whipmire both seem determined to make his existence a complete and utter misery. Mum doesn’t seem to care, not that she’s around very often. Worst of all, Dad has been missing for almost a year – and there’s no sign of him ever coming home. Barney just wants to escape. To find another life, where his problems would simply disappear … to be a cat, for example. A quiet, lazy, pampered, snoozing-by-the-fire cat. Things would be so much easier that way – right? But Barney’s about to discover just how wrong he is…

TO BE A CAT is published in March by The Bodley Head Children’s Books. Look out for it in all good book shops or visit the publisher’s website.


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