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Willow the Wildcat

Lynne Rickards
Kirsteen Harris-Jones


Range: Picture Kelpies Paperback 28 pages colour illustrations 230 x 265 mm ISBN: 9781782506300 Publication date: 20th February 2020
Genre: Animals Theme: Environment Ideal for ages: 3, 4, 5 and 6
The kittens felt safe now inside their new den,
but soon they were back to complaining again.
Willow said, "Move, Corrie -- I need more space."
"Ouch!" grumbled Corrie. "Your paw’s in my face!"

Willow and her brother Corrie are searching for a new den in the Scottish Highlands. Can the kittens learn how to work together to find a safe home?


'This rhyming story deftly educates young readers about the habits and habitat of a critically endangered species, but the learning feels incidental because the characters and their adventures are so appealing, and their sibling rivalry feels so real. While there's plenty of cuteness, both Rickards' words and Harris-Jones' beautifully- detailed illustrations capture the fiercer side of the wildcats too – giving us a really rounded insight into the life of an enigmatic creature that we might never see for ourselves.'
-- Roaring Reads

'A cute story. The rhyming text and expressive pictures gently point out some of the threats to the cats' survival although here there's a happy ending.'
-- Jane Sandell

'Great for reading aloud... An informative adventure of a wildcat family to find a new home, with plenty of wildlife to learn about.'
-- YA and Kids Books Central

'This cute picture book has lovely illustrations of beautiful Scottish countryside, as the wildcats travel through forests, across a flowing burn, into a meadow of grass, and find an old castle ruin. The illustrations use soft colors with sunshine on every page! I loved the art style and the way the illustrations added depth to the story by adding details and expression...
The story has lovely character development for the two kittens.'
-- Books for MKs

'The illustrations provided by Kirsteen Harris-Jones reflect the beautiful Scottish countryside with the lush pine forests, cool blue streams, and glowing sunset on a long-forgotten castle.'
-- Youth Services Book Review, 4 stars

'I enjoyed the story and following three wildcats as they try to find a new place to live in the Scottish Highlands. Since this species is endangered, the book effectively shows some of the challenges to its survival... I liked the colorful illustrations and the way the young ones learned to work together, a good lesson for anyone.'
-- Goodreads, Barbara Ward

Praise for Lynne Rickards:

'A delightful book to read aloud to children.'
-- Childtastic Books on Rowan the Red Squirrel

'Written in a lovely rich rhyme, this is a delightful story'
-- Carousel on Harris the Hero

Willow the Wildcat


Lynne Rickards was born in Canada and now lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. She grew up reading Dr Seuss books and as a result she loves writing in rhyme. Her picture book Pink! was nominated for a Scottish Children’s Book Award….

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Kirsteen Harris-Jones completed a BA in children’s illustration for publishing, and has worked in advertising, graphic design and animation. She’s now a freelance artist living in Shropshire with her husband and three children. She is the illustrator of The Grouse and the Mouse and No…

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