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  • Published: 3 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143505129
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $14.99

Hetty's Day Out


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Hetty the cat wakes up, yawns, washes behind her ears, and pops through her cat flap into the bright sunlight. And what does she find in the big wide world?

This is a charming counting book about a cat's day out on the town and all the delectable treats she is fed by her friendly neighbours – with slightly disastrous results! In her typically playful and child-friendly style, Pam has used repetition and reinforcement to introduce the numbers up to seven. We follow Hetty through her journey of pork pies and cupcakes to the dramatic climax and satisfying conclusion, which sees her home and safe again.

  • Pub date: 3 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143505129
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Pamela Allen

Pamela Allen is a phenomenon in the world of children's literature. For more than thirty-five years her picture books have enchanted generations of children around the world, and have garnered a glittering array of awards and commendations including six Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, two New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, an International Board on Books for Young People Diploma for Illustration, the Margaret Mahy Medal, New Zealand’s most prestigious award for children’s literature, and most recently The Gaylene Gordon Award for a Much Loved Book from the Children's Literature Foundation of New Zealand.

Pamela's books are full of the music of language; they are 'fragments of theatre', designed to be read aloud and shared between an adult and a child. Patch Theatre Company of Adelaide has now created three theatrical performances from a selection of Pamela’s books. These have toured throughout Australia since 2007; 2014 saw the first tour through New Zealand. All have performed to packed houses.

‘From Pamela Allen's first publication in 1980 it was clear that here was a creator of picture books with all the glow, gesture, din and dance to capture the attention, engage the imagination, teach, show, tickle and excite small children.’ Meg Sorensen, Australian Book Review

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