Cat. E. Amick

Cat. E. Amick is a corporate marketer, editor, author, wife and mom. She's committed to creating books that help connect disparate audiences and combine science and storytelling. Sara Sassafras and the Tiguar (children's board book) is a first in a series of several Sara Sassafras books, the others forthcoming. To read more about this project in particular and how it was created, go to

In addition to the Sara Sassafras series, she's written and edited several other children's books that she hopes will make a debut  ...See more >

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U.S. News and World Report, 2017

Hometown Erie, PA

Favorite author Arthur Phillips, Yann Martel, Julia Donaldson and Gionvanni Boccacio

Favorite book Adult: The Tragedy of Arthur Children's: The Gruffalo

Day job Corporate marketer

Favorite line from a book He had purple prickles all over his back.

Unexpected skill or talent Reading star charts

Passion in life Connecting the dots


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ISBN: 978-0-692-87284-0
Page count: 22pp

Sara Sassafras and a variety of zoo animals star in Amick’s debut board book, which aims to help raise funds for Pennsylvania’s Erie Zoo.

After visiting the zoo with her parents, where she saw many different creatures, young Sara has a dream about meeting a tiger. He changes first to a cheetah, then a leopard, and finally a jaguar; he thanks her for showing him that he can “be a cat of all different stripes.” Sara, when she awakes, calls her new friend a “tiguar,” a blend of a tiger and a jaguar. She understands that he exists only in her thoughts but that she can summon him when she plays with stuffed animals. The fairly standard story appeals to very young readers’ love of animals and to the importance of imagination. The text occasionally rhymes, but it’s not in strict poetic form; however, it does maintain a rhythmic cadence that youngsters will enjoy. Although the story is about animals and inventiveness, adults can easily interpolate ideas about openness to change. Lippert’s colorful ink-and-watercolor illustrations are charming; some feature the heavy use of turquoise and orange-ish reds (Sara and her parents all have reddish hair), lending them the feel of kids’ books of decades past.

A pleasant, if not groundbreaking, addition to the animalcentric children’s book canon.