Books by Kathleen T. Pelley

Released: Feb. 1, 2011

Is Felicity's bookstore big enough for two territorial felines? Raj the golden cat imagines himself a tiger as he prowls the busy bookstore where he "works" with owner Felicity, meowing at customers, strutting through storytime and permitting the humans to pet him...occasionally. At night, purring Raj curls up with Felicity in the attic apartment they share over the store. One day, everything changes; store manager Christopher brings persnickety white cat Snowball (who doesn't get along with Christopher's new Labrador puppy) to stay at the store. For a time, a feline feud takes center stage in the store window: Raj tries various hiding places while Snowball usurps his position with customers. Felicity brings out Raj's inner tiger again with a little William Blake, and, similarly, Raj uses a book about India to show Snowball her inner tigress. The two can now prowl the store in harmony. The sophisticated narrative, with its nice streak of irony, suits older picture-book audiences; Keiser's watercolor-and-pencil pictures are aptly clever and low-key. Nice nourishment for the blossoming bookworm. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
Released: April 13, 2010

Magnus Maximus has a walrus mustache, a benign countenance and a preoccupation: measuring and counting. He doodles about his day, counting this and measuring that—petals on a geranium, raisins in a bun, wetness and dryness, nearness and farness—then slapping the tally, jotted on a piece of paper, onto the object of his interest. Seemingly oblivious, he corrals an escaped lion to do some close calculations and for his good citizenry is named his town's official measurer. Maximus myopically goes on his way until he breaks his glasses and learns that there is more to life than numbers—like waves to splash in and "the snugness of a hand in a hand." This is a lovely marriage of word and image. Pelley's text is brightly humorous and musical—"Now that he was the town's official measurer, Magnus Maximus had to measure all kinds of NESSes, from the wobbliness of a jellyfish to the itchiness of an itch"—and that goes for Schindler's illustrations as well, with their busily elegant line work, their lustrous washes of color and, best of all, their high and brilliant tomfoolery. (Picture book. 5-10)Read full book review >
INVENTOR MCGREGOR by Kathleen T. Pelley
Released: April 7, 2006

McGregor lives in a higgledy-piggledy house "with a cheery wife, five children, and a hen called Hattie." He likes to sing, dance, paint and fix things for people. And every night he fiddles while his family and his hen "whirled and whooshed and wheeched." His inventions are clever and daffy (a barking bag that scares off the dog that tortures the postman), and he does his work with a happy heart. But the president of the Royal Society of Inventors pays a visit and wants him to work in the laboratory and take his inventing seriously. Off goes McGregor, only to find that the very joys in his life are what inspire him to invent, and he can't think of a thing to create while in the office. Back home he goes to a happy life full of joy and many new inventions, like jellybean erasers and books that glow in the dark. The sprightly pastel drawings are as lighthearted as the text, which bursts with energy and inventiveness. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >