BOOKS

What if a shy cat sings opera? What if an outside cat jumps inside? What if a boy enters every contest at the state fair but always loses? Will he ever discover his true talent?  

OPERA CAT

BY TESS WEAVER

ILLUSTRATED BY ANDREA WESSON

CLARION, 2002 

"A delightful star-is-born story. In first-time Weaver's exuberant tale, a quiet cat on an ordinary Saturday gets her moment in the sun." Starred review, Publishers Weekly 

2002 and 2003 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award

Winner of the 2003 New England Book Show Award: Juvenile Category

2003 Cat Writer's Association Award for Excellence

ENCORE, OPERA CAT!

BY TESS WEAVER

ILLUSTRATED BY ANDREA WESSON

CLARION, 2009


The beloved duo of Alma and Madame SoSo return for Alma's turn in the spotlight. But will shy Alma have enough courage to take the stage? And how will Maestro react to a cat singing about love?


"Ultimately a story about being yourself and following your dreams, this tuneful tale of musical triumph will strike a chord with cat lovers, music appreciators, and burgeoning individuals alike. Brava!" Kirkus Reviews

CAT JUMPED IN!
BY TESS WEAVER
ILLUSTRATED BY EMILY ARNOLD MCCULLY
CLARION, 2007

When someone leaves the kitchen window open, Cat jumps in! So begins my tale of an outside cat who explores a tidy house and wreaks havoc in every room, but doesn't mean to!


"Weaver and McCully offer an amusing twist on the saying, "curiosity killed the cat," with few words but lots of animated artwork that details the funny feline frenzy . . . . Human and feline foibles are spot-on with a purring finish: That "someone" isn't seen until the last page." Starred review, Kirkus Reviews

Best Children's Books of the Year by Bank Street College of Education, 2008.

Recommended for Reading and Language Arts by PBS Teachers. 

FREDERICK FINCH, LOUDMOUTH
BY TESS WEAVER
ILLUSTRATED BY DEBBIE TILLEY
CLARION, 2008

Every year Frederick goes to the state fair with his family and enters a contest. Though his sister and parents always win ribbons, Frederick comes away a loser  at Turkey Calling, Checkers, even the Country Music contest. This rollicking story of Frederick's quest to find a contest he can win captures the silly fun of state fairs, and ends with a wonderfully satisfying twist.


"Forget about following your dreams and cultivating innate abilities. Read this book with Frederick's brio and it will pay for itself."  Kirkus Reviews

 

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