by Andrea Ballance (Author) Grasya Oilyko (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Creature is playing and dreaming in space. Making worlds appear and disappear and sleeping in the crescent of the Moon. The comfort of cats and the magic of space comes together in this brightly illustrated and quirky picture book. Close your eyes and imagine the beauty and wonder of the world around you in galaxy-sized proportions with this magical, mystical picture book from debut author Andrea Ballance. Written in rhythmic prose, combined with lively and charming illustrations, this calming and beautiful book is perfect for bedtime reading.

Publishers Weekly

"My eyes open and close dreamily, / reflecting the whole universe," narrates the adventuresome calico at the center of this rhythmically told space romp by Ballance. Wiping "cosmic dust" from its whiskers, the house cat casts a rocket-shaped shadow, "radiant, energised, prepared for lift-off!" Outside, fireflies become "asteroids and comets," which the feline watches with glowing yellow eyes until, after a small adventure, it's ready for "other-worldly dreams." Oilyko's boldly colored illustrations burst with purples and inky blues, capturing the astro-cat and a gray kitten companion cuddling, stretching, and clawing with creaturely abandon amid everyday objects (textiles covered with deep space designs, for example) that visually convey the way a cat's-eye view might recast the domestic into something almost cosmic. An intergalactic ode to cats. Ages 3-5. (Mar.)

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Selected by the Children's Book Council for April 2022 Hot Off the Press

Andrea Ballance
Andrea Ballance was ordained as a Buddhist nun and spent a decade developing the skills of mindfulness and compassion. Eventually tiring of monastic life, she obtained a degree in Art in the Community and began honing her skills as a writer. When not busy raising two children, she is excited to be part of making the world a kinder, brighter and more magical place - one project at a time.

Grasya Oliyko is an illustrator based in Kyiv, Ukraine. She has illustrated many children's books in the Ukraine, and loves drawing animals - particularly cats.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
April 20, 2022

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