NZ Writer and Illustrator Diana Noonan, illustrated by Gavin Bishop Quaky Cat Helps Out Scholastic NZ 2015 $18.99pb 32pp ISBN 978 1 7754 3297 5 Themes: Being traumatised /Christchurch earthquakes 2010 – 2011/ Christchurch rebuild/ Homeless pets/ Sequels/ Stories in rhyme
Tiger AKA Quaky Cat, cosily half asleep on his friend Emma’s feet in their warm safe home that’s now mended and strong after the Christchurch earthquakes is suddenly reminded of something. He thinks of all the homeless cats around town. There is lonely Toffee sitting in a letter box waiting for the family that fled the city; May who is still hiding under the table; old Bill who once moused the churches; Samantha who now lives in a caravan. Tiger is reminded that once they all had FUN and so he plans to organise a little social get together. The first Quaky Cat story helped many children in the initial stages after the quakes. Now that the children are living through the long re-build years, Diana Noonan and Gavin Bishop have produced for them another story into which they will read so much more and put into it their own interpretations.
Year 1 up/ Age 5 up