Fluffy, Puffy, itt-bitty,
furry, purry baby kitty.
Yawning in the morning light,
stretching off the dreams of the night.
is such a fun series for me to write. I love writing very
simple, rhyming text. It can be challenging to craft a story
in rhyme with compelling characters, plot, and conclusion
in less than 200 words! But it’s one of the challenges
I enjoy the most. Calico is a character I love more and more
as she continues to evolve. The illustrator’s vision
for this series is perfect—it’s cheerful, colorful,
bright and bold—every thing that appeals to the youngest
Cat Fancier’s Association has taken a “fancy” to
Calico as well! From August to September
30, 2007 they sponsored
a Cutest Cat and Kid digital photo contest and I got to be
one of the photo judges! There was one grand prize, 4
second place prizes, and 15 third place prizes. Prizes included various books about cats (including a signed copy
of Hello, Calico!), Pet Smart gift cards, and various CFA
branded toys and products. For updates and info see kids.cfa.org/
• "This is an enchanting board book that will appeal to babies and their grown-ups. The illustrations are perfect for this age group, and this sturdy book begs to be read over and over again."
– Children's Literature for Hello, Calico