That Stripy Cat

This page is devoted to the new book That Stripy Cat written by Norene Smiley and illustrated by Tara Anderson.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

A Little About Tara Anderson...

Tara Anderson grew up in Toronto, Ontario, and studied illustration and fine art at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She worked for many years as a children's bookseller before returning to painting and starting a new career as a cover artist and children's illustrator. Tara lives on a 200-acre farm outside of Tweed, Ontario, where seven domestic cats and numerous barn cats provide inspiration.

A Little About The Author Of That Stripy Cat

Norene Smiley

Norene Smiley is an author, artist and filmmaker as well as a founding member of the Nova Scotia Children's Literature Award and the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Children's Literature. She is currently Project Coordinator of the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award in Atlantic Canada. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is her first picture book.

After a number of years working with geriatrics and mentally handicapped children, Norene changed direction in the 1980's to focus primarily on the book industry. She has been a bookseller, editor, writer, teacher, book reviewer, book publisher, publicist, event organizer and cultural administrator.

She belonged to a children's writing group for over twelve years, during which two anthologies of writing for children were published. She has served on the boards of many arts organizations, regionally and nationally, primarily to do with books, writing or fine art. She was a founding member of the Nova Scotia Children's Literature Award and the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Children's Literature.

After five years of facilitating The Word On The Street Book Festival and coordinating the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award for another six, she has moved to Pugwash NS to help her husband run a small cafĂ© and concentrate on her painting and writing in the winter months. She continues to be the Atlantic Rep for CANSCAIP. In 2002 she received the Mayor¹s Award for Cultural Achievement in Literature.

Besides writing for children, she is a visual artist, scriptwriter and filmmaker. In 2005/2006, she wrote, directed and edited a one-minute film through the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, and created a short digital mocdocumentary with the help of a Media Arts Scholarship through the Centre for Art Tapes.

Selected List of Publications:
That Stripy Cat. Illustrations by Tara Anderson. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2007. ISBN 78-1-55005-164-3

"Winter Yard" in Grade Six Textbook. Toronto: Thomson Nelson, 2006."Winter Yard" in Till All the Stars Have Fallen. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1989. ISBN 0-921103-90-5.

Four short stories in Open Windows. Kingston: Quarry Press, 1988. ISBN 0-919627-58-7.

Four short stories in The Fiddlehead. Fredericton: Autumn 1988.

Short story in Shivers in your Nightshirt. Halifax: Children's Writer's Workshop, 1986. ISBN 0-969-2342-1-X.

Poetry in Seaweed in your Stocking. Halifax: Children's Writer's Workshop, 1985. ISBN 0-969-2342-0-1.

The Waterloo Record Says...

"The illustrations by Toronto's Tara Anderson capture Stripy's quirky character." -- The Waterloo Record

The Chronicle Herald Review

"Halifax's Smiley has written a sweet tale of acceptance and love in her first picture book. As project co-ordinator of the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, Smiley has seen enough quality children's literature to know what stories children will enjoy. That Stripy Cat, with its charming illustrations by Ontario's Tara Anderson, is one such tale." -- The Chronicle Herald (Halifax)

Canadian Materials Magazine Review

"Tara Anderson's exuberant acrylics (with drawn elements) provide straightforward illustration for the narrative. The illustrations don't aim to provide any additional narrative elements or re-interpretations of the text, but there are charming and creative touches - like Mrs. Cosy's cat-themed pajamas. . . Overall, the stripy cat is portrayed with great affection and energy both in the text and illustration. This book will certainly work as a storytime read-aloud for the three to five crowd, especially for those obsessed with animals. . . There are strong threads of hope and acceptance that run through this book which make it a good candidate for comforting any child who often breaks the rules but still wants to know s/he is are lovable and loved. Recommended." -- CM Magazine

Thursday, September 27, 2007

You’re invited to a special event!

Please come to our Stripy Cat book party! On October 13th we are having a fundraising party for the Quinte Humane Society. We will be selling copies of the new children’s book That Stripy Cat, written by Norene Smiley and illustrated by Tara Anderson. Local artist Tara Anderson will be signing copies from 1-5pm. All profits will be donated directly to the Quinte Animal Shelter. Bring the kids and join us for refreshments, fun and games, and much more!

Event Location:

365 North Front Street,
Bell Tower Plaza,
Belleville, Ontario
613- 962-6580

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Toronto Globe and Mail Review

That Stripy Cat

By Norene Smiley, illustrated by Tara Anderson, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 32 pages, $19.95, ages 3 to 6

That stripy cat is the cat rescued and delivered to the Hummingbird Animal Centre, where Mrs. Cosy works. He's a no-name cat, small and grey with green eyes. He's a timorous wee beastie, and one that doesn't lend himself to any adoption overtures or, actually, overtures of any kind; when he retreats to a hiding place under the couch in the face of any human contact, Mrs Cosy declares that his name should be Steadfast.

When the stripy cat runs up one curtain and down another, Mrs Cosy names him Spunky, and when she peels him off the screen door she calls him Full of Beans. When he resists a potential adopter's blandishments, he's left behind in favour of a poodle named Lucy, "with fur as soft as cotton balls and eyes like melted chocolate." He's left behind again when the McCurdy sisters come to the shelter looking for a mouser for their bookshop, and the stripy cat hides in a drawer.

By the time the animal shelter closes for the day, all the animals have found homes except that stripy cat. It will come as no surprise that the stripy cat and his great defender, Mrs. Cosy, belong to each other. She takes him home and shares her supper of salmon pot pie with him.

At night, they snuggle together under a quilt while Mrs. Cosy reads Puss in Boots aloud, and the stripy cat, now known as Velcro, purrs "in all the right places."

Small children, read this story, will purr in all the right places, too, and Tara Anderson's bright paintings raise the pleasure quotient.

Susan Perren,
Toronto Globe and Mail
Saturday, July 28, 2007