Asta the cat is on a mission: to be the greatest racer her neighbourhood has ever seen. She needs to show those alley cats who the real slow pokes are! And what better opportunity than the Kibble Hill Rally?

Using a bit of ingenuity and a washing machine, Asta’s ready to take on the other racers, but can she compete with Marvin’s souped-up shopping basket or Anton’s sleek sportscar and win the race? Buckle up for this lively tale from Ricky Trickartt about the importance of getting stuck in, even when your dreams might feel out of reach…


Ricky Trickartt is a graphic artist who can barely contain his creativity. Over the past 15 years, he has developed and delivered hundreds of unique record covers and packaging designs. Ricky has created artwork for clients like BBC Radio 1 and Red Bull, and directs the visual output of the renowned independent electronic music label Hospital Records.


Asta the cat is out for her evening stroll when three other cats whizz past her in their racing cars. Annoyed at their rudeness, Asta starts to plan her own soapbox-style racer (although hers is made from the washing machine) to give them a run for their money. When the racer is finished, can it drive Asta to glory in the Kibble Hill Rally? Any cat lovers will be on board with Asta and Alley Cat Rally from the first page because of Trickartt’s stunning graphic art and the super cute cats that prowl this book’s purrrfect pages. There’s a fun and simple story about believing in yourself and working hard to make your dreams come true, with a minimal text that allows the pictures to do all the talking. Great for kids that love making things as well as cats, Alley Cat Rally has an engineering theme, and so is really great for those who love the idea of making something from elements you mind find around the home (although, maybe not the washing machine).


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