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From Elisa:

Some of my own beloved cats:

 

THE WISHING  BALL

Farrar Straus Giroux, February 2006eviews

Nellie is a stray cat who wishes she had a house to live in, warm meals, and a best friend. When a crafty crow overhears her wishing, he decides to play a trick on her for his own amusement - which is how Nellie ends up putting all her faith in a rubber ball she believes to be a magic star that grants wishes. But even though it's not a magic star, the rubber ball turns out to be just what Nellie needs. 

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News and reviews:

"Immensely satisfying, the story is brought visually to life by Kleven’s naïf artwork, which employs watercolors and bits of collage to make crowded, cozy pictures--with a needy, determined, darling kitty right in the middle of it all.” 

 --Booklist


“Kleven’s colors are bright and cheerful, her characters are charmingly expressive and her brushstrokes are lively and energetic.”
--Kirkus Reviews

THE WISHING BALL in Japanese and Korean

 

THE WISHING BALL is now available  in Spanish and English from Bab'l Books! Purchase here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Immensely satisfying, the story is brought visually to life by Kleven’s naïf artwork, which employs 
watercolors and bits of collage to make crowded, cozy pictures--with a needy, determined, darling 
kitty right in the middle of it all.” 
 --Booklist


“Kleven’s colors are bright and cheerful, her characters are charmingly expressive and her 
brushstrokes are lively and energetic.”
 --Kirkus Reviews