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Elliot Perlman’s first book for children is a tail-spin of a tale that will have you howling with laughter!

When a pampered cat has to share her home with a lost dog, sparks are set to fly. To her surprise, Catvinkle starts to like Ula. She even tells Ula her three secrets. But a cat and a dog can’t be friends – can they?

A tail-spin of a tale that will make you howl with laughter – and remind you that if you aren’t open to adventure, you might never meet your best friend.

Reviews

The themes of social inclusion, anti-racism and anti-bullying are treated gently in this delightful, easy-to-read story . . . There are many quirky, humorous moments . . . A huge bonus are the simple, whimsical, line-drawings by Laura Stitzel.

Pauline Hosking, Magpies

A charming and whimsical tale . . . There are gentle lessons in here about empathy, bravery and friendship, but it’s also simply a delightful and easy-to-read story with laugh-out-loud dialogue that doesn’t talk down to its readers. Although the book is aimed at nine- to eleven-year-olds, parents will enjoy reading this book with younger children too.

Hannah Cartmel, Books + Publishing

The subtle themes of anti-racism, anti-bullying, acceptance, tolerance, friendship and loyalty are delivered in a wonderfully funny story . . . Readers from around eight years upwards will delight in this magical story of animals whose lives seem to mirror those of humans.

Sue Warren, losangzopa.wordpress.com

This whimsical and heart-warming story filled with lots of laughs and larger than life characters tells the story of a cat and dog while also exploring important themes around friendship and exclusion, ultimately reminding children that even the most unlikely of people can become great friends . . . A gorgeous book guaranteed to give great joy, you could easily curl up with your little one to read it together. Equally, independent readers 8+ years will love it.

betterreading.com.au

The girls and I have greatly enjoyed The Adventures of Catvinkle this last week, in fact I would go so far as to say that it has been our favourite read aloud for bedtime books in a long time. Two-time Miles Franklin-shortlisted author Elliot Perlman has turned his considerable talent to children’s books and his skill with language and prose is evident.

Megan Daley, childrensbooksdaily.com

Children aged 8 to 11 years will enjoy this novel for its characters, plot, humour and ideas, and it will also be critically admired. It's a wise, thoughtful book that is also engaging and fun . . . The writing and structure of The Adventures of Catvinkle is intelligent and dense yet told with a light touch. Elliot's first objective is to make children and their parents laugh and smile. He wants to entertain them and keep them turning the pages.

Joy Lawn, childrensbooksdaily.com

This book made me laugh out loud and has wonderful stories of adventure, bravery and friendship.

Gemma, age 10, Kids' Reading Guide 2018-2019

It all sounds outlandish but the story works well and all the escapades are entertaining and fun . . . This is a fun story written for 8 to 11 year olds.

Jane Moore, ReadPlus

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9780143786368

    October 1, 2018

    Puffin

    240 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9780143786375

    October 1, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

    240 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo

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