The Cat with the Coloured Tail

By Gillian Mears
Illustrated by Dinalie Dabarera

A magical cat, an ice-cream van that makes delicious moon-creams and a quest to bring joy to those who need it most. Now in paperback!

Mr Hooper and The Cat with the Coloured Tail travel through the countryside in their ice-cream van. They enjoy looking for heart shapes (their favourite game) and making people happy with their delicious moon-creams. But a dark feeling is following the cat. Something is wrong. When the ice-cream van enters the forest, Mr Hooper and the cat realise the heart of the world is in danger. Will they be able to save it? A lyrical fable about love and healing.

  • “Gillian Mears’ distinctive voice is undimmed and her yearning fable is a sweet and gentle reminder of the two great forces that lie dormant within us – kindness and hope. Her work hasn’t just described life; it’s enhanced it. And we owe her thanks.” Tim Winton
  • A tender fable-like tale about love and healing that works on many levels. The story is rich in symbolism and with a subtle yet powerful environmental message but is still able to be enjoyed as a magical story.
  • Delicate, finely detailed illustrations from debut illustrator Dinalie Dabarera. This was short-listed for the 2016 Children's Book Council of Australia Crichton Award for New Illustrators.

About the author

Gillian Mears (1964 - 2016) was loved for her novels and short stories, including the 2012 multi-award-winning novel for adults Foal’s Bread. She wrote The Cat with the Coloured Tail while camped in the South Australian mallee, in her converted ambo camper, Ant and Bee. The Cat with the Coloured Tail was short-listed for the 2016 ABIA awards.

About the illustrator

Dinalie Dabarera is a freelance illustrator based in Sydney. She specialises in pencil sketches of imaginary worlds and strange occurrences. The Cat with the Coloured Tail is her first book. See what she’s up to at

ISBN: 9781925381528
Imprint: Walker Books Australia
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Dimensions: 152 x 197mm, 80pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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