A cat's curiosity lands him in a tight spot in this simple but stunning book, featuring cheerful animal sounds and an entertaining find-and-seek element.

Catkin jumps off Amy's lap and climbs over the wall. It is time to hunt.

Catkin slithers through the grass, creeps by the pond, and explores a rock pile. Along the way he follows the sounds of animals and insects.

Kerik-Kerik. Catkin sees something shiny and small in the thick grass. Catkin hops—but the cricket gets away.

Garrump. Garrump. Catkin sees something green and spotted. Catkin leaps—but the frog hops into the water.

When Catkin hears a rustling by the tree he climbs up to the highest branch to investigate. But it's a long, long way back down to the ground. Meeeow. Meeeow.

Now who will hear Catkin and rescue him?

Author Janet Lord's simple, satisfying story of a mischievous cat is richly portrayed in Julie Paschkis's gorgeous illustrations that celebrate the patterns and shapes founds in nature.


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Janet Lord earned her BA in graphic arts and advertising from Concord University and now works as a graphic designer. She is the author of Where Is Catkin?, Albert the Fix-It Man, and Here Comes Grandma!, all illustrated by her sister Julie Paschkis. She lives in Pennsylvania.

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Julie Paschkis attended Cornell University and the School for American Craftsmen at RIT, where she earned a BFA. She taught art to grade school children for several years while working on her own art and illustration. Julie now works full-time painting, creating commercial illustrations, and illustrating children's books. Some of her books include Albert the Fix-It Man; Where Is Catkin?; Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella; and Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary. She lives in Washington.

You can visit Julie Paschkis’s website here.



“The story will entertain very young children, and the artwork will absorb them.” ―Publishers Weekly

“...kids will pick up on the story's mood of both love and adventure.” ―Booklist

“Lovely.” ―Kirkus

“...a go-to book for tots.” ―Washington Parent (MD)

“There are so many ways to engage with this book that multiple readings are in order.” ―School Library Journal

“A feast of hidden figures, bright borders and entertaining animals...sensational folkloric illustration...smart details...an engaging seek-and-find adventure.” ―Birmingham Parent

“...colorful folk-art illustrations are reminiscent of those in the classic Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag. The text, set in bordered boxes, contains just the right degree of tension.” ―The Sunday Plain Dealer

“...replete with bold and vibrantly colored illustrations...virtually every page of this charming book is illustrated in a pallet....sure to delight both children and adults alike...” ―Cat Chat blog


Keystone to Reading Book Award (nominee) ―Keystone State Reading Association 2011-2012