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Ellie and the Cat

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Jolly the cat is seen as a very well behaved feline by grandma so she is very content at being changed into a girl.

Inspired by traditional Middle Eastern tales, this captivating adventure is full of magic, mystery and danger. This experience has been fantastic primarily for the children, the school and also for me (professionally).She meets lots of imaginative animal characters (mice and spiders) who teach her how to be good friend towards others.

It was such a pleasure to meet you both, and I really appreciated how smoothly and professionally you ran everything.Malorie Blackman, illustrated by Matt Robertson Ellie is not happy to be staying with her grandmother. Ellie is horrified at being a cat but grandma tells her that the only way she can be turned back into a human is to find her lost wedding ring. It’s a fantastic independent book seller that will actually be responsive and select appropriate books for you. Ellie doesn't take to her life as a cat but what she does find is Jolly isn't very well thought of by the other creatures in and around grandma’s house.

Published by Barrington Stoke, on cream paper in a dyslexia friendly font, this is pitched to appeal to KS2 children with a younger reading age.In a dyslexia-friendly format, this is a magical and gently comic tale of friendship and thinking of others. Now it’s her grandmother’s turn and Ellie is determined to be as rude and unhappy about the situation as a person can possibly be. Her best-loved books include the highly acclaimed Noughts and Crosses sequence and Pig Heart Boy, which also became a major BBC TV series. It’s all well and good grandma turning Ellie into a cat but grandma soon knows she has made a mistake in losing her temper; the switch bodies spell has a time limit - if Ellie doesn't find the ring in a day, she will stay a cat forever! This short tale was first published in a different format as “Elaine, You’re a Brat” but this new incarnation under publisher Barrington Stoke’s “super readable” label and with their trademark dyslexia-friendly layout and typeface and Matt Robertson’s brilliantly lively and humorous illustrations is fully justified and should prove to be an enjoyable read for children of 8+ who prefer short chapter books.

In 2005, Malorie was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children's books. Yesterday a parent came over to tell me how impressed she was by the book fair and that you did a fabulous job of selling the books to the children first. Ellis meets some interesting characters, spiders and rats, and manages to make friends with them and encourage them to help her complete a task set by her grandma.An amusing story with a good message about being nice to other people, it had me giggling aloud several times. Ellie discovers the importance of kindness and friendship and the satisfying ending resolves the family problems that lead to her challenging behaviour. The result of this constant upheaval is Ellie can’t make friends, isolating her and makes her sad, lonely and depressed. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children’s Book Award, and has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

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