The Mousehole Cat

By Antonia Barber
Illustrated by Nicola Bayley

A beautiful, new, midi-sized gift edition of a picture book favourite.

"Beautifully, carefully written ... a book to wallow in, read and re-read, for any age from five or so to the very grown-up" The Sunday Times In the seaside village of Mousehole, Cornwall, Mowzer the cat lives happily with old fisherman Tom. Their life is a happy one – until one terrible winter the Great Storm-Cat comes clawing and leaping at the harbour walls so that no boat can go out to sea to fish. Soon, with Christmas coming, there is no food left in Mousehole. It is then that Mowzer and Tom set out to brave the fury of the waves, and discover that it might just need a cat’s perspective to understand – and tame – the ferocious ways of the Great Storm-Cat sea… In a beautiful new midi gift size, and with golden foil on the cover and spine, this is an irresistible edition of a moving, stunningly illustrated tale inspired by Cornish legend.

  • Gently yet powerfully told, this story of bravery, sacrifice and companionship is sure to connect with readers of all ages, new and old alike.
  • Since its publication in 1990, the story has been adapted into both a puppet show and an animated film, as well as being featured on the BBC’s Jackanory Junior.
  • This book was winner of the British Book Award for Illustrated Children's Book of the Year and was also shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

About the author

Antonia Barber (1932–2019) was an award-winning writer of children’s and adult fiction, including her bestselling picture book Catkin, illustrated by P. J. Lynch, and her adult novels, The Ghosts and The Ring in the Rough Stuff, both of which were shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

About the illustrator

Nicola Bayley, once shortlisted and twice commended for the Kate Greenaway medal, is perhaps best known for her loving, detailed depictions of cats, and has captured the hearts of her readers in titles such as The Necessary Cat, The Patchwork Cat, The Mousehole Cat, Katje the Windmill Cat and Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story. Nicola lives in London.


1991: British Book Design and Production Awards - Children's Trade

Design and Production Awards - Winner

1991: Children's Book Award

Children's Book Award - Shortlisted

1990: Galaxy British Book Awards: The Illustrated Children's Book of the Year

Galaxy British Book Awards - Winner

1990: Kate Greenaway Medal

Kate Greenaway Medal - Shortlisted

1990: Nestle Children's Book Prize/Nestle Smarties Book Prize

Nestle Smarties Book Prize - Shortlisted

ISBN: 9781406390902
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: July 1, 2020
Dimensions: 200 x 200mm, 40pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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