I’m really excited to be able to reveal for you today, the cover of the wonderfully talented Pamela Butchart and Becka Moor’s fifth book in the ‘’Wigglesbottom Primary,’ adventures, ‘The Classroom Cat.’ This hilarious series has brought so much joy to so many children at my school and has had a real success in encouraging a love of reading in newly confident readers. With each new book there is an air of excitement over who will be the first to get their hands on the copy, so it’s so fab to share this with you today.
So without further ado here it is…
Becka Moor has created another brilliantly, engaging and funny cover combined with Elisabetta Barbazza’s eye-catching cover design, it’s a real joy to behold. If you pop over to my Twitter account you can see the amazing cover reveal animation that Nosy Crow have created. We know that Class 2R are always getting caught up in hilarious antics so let’s find out what they have in store for us in this latest brilliant trio of stories.
The Classroom Cat
The big, stripy Classroom Cat first appeared on a Monday, lured perhaps by the stinky smell of fish which was on the menu for school dinners that day. He snuck into the classroom and typed a strange message on Miss Riley’s keyboard before being shooed away. But what could the message mean? Was it a warning not to eat the fish for school dinners? Was the cat trying to save their lives as he gobbled up all the fish himself?
When Class 2R head off on a school trip to the museum Joel Jack announces he’s brought along his imaginary friend, Margaret. At first no one believes him but perhaps she does really exist – why else does the carton of juice explode, the plastic bag bus bin burst and the coat move by itself…
When Bobby Henderson dropped his last crisp in the puddle at breaktime everyone chanted at him to eat it. So he did. But then the year 6s came over and said he’d get Puddle-Pox which is even worse than the plague. The school nurse said it was nonsense but how come he had red spots on his arm and was feeling hot? Was the only cure really to roll around in puddle water?
Pamela Butchart grew up in a house full of pets with a mum and dad who she was convinced were bonkers. As a student, Pamela’s jobs included being a fishwife, teaching basketball in America and working as a phlebotomist. She’s currently busy juggling writing more hilarious stories with spending time with her son Albie whilst she takes a break from teaching philosophy to teenagers in Dundee. Pamela has two cats called Bear and Carlos. You’ll find Pamela on twitter @Pamela_Butchart. Pamela’s books have won the Blue Peter Book Award (for The Spy Who Loved School Dinners illustrated by Thomas Flintham), the FCBG Children’s Book Award and been shortlisted for the Lollies.
Becka Moor is a children’s book illustrator and storyteller living in Manchester. She rents desk space in a stunning grade II listed building with other creative folk, has an obsession with cats and loves anything a bit on the quirky side. She tweets at @BeckaMoor under the strict supervision of her cats Miss Daisy and Bella, aka Ray-Ray and Miss Cinderbella.
Thank you to Clare and Nosy Crow for inviting me to host the cover reveal. ‘The Classroom Cat,’ is released on the 4th July and is available to pre-order online or from any good bookshop.