Morris the cat knows that no one can resist a good story, not even a mouse. Tired of chasing mice all day long, he comes up with a clever plan to make the mice come to him. All he needs is the perfect story to lure them in. But Morris can’t seem to find the right one. He either puts the mice to sleep, collapses in a fit of giggles, or ruins his appetite. Ultimately, in the search for the perfect story, Morris’s attitude toward mice changes. He learns that reading has power. Just like magic.
This picture book delivers its unexpected twist with drama and wit. The well-paced story reads aloud beautifully; the illustrations feature expressive drawings and appealing use of colors. A satisfying picture book in which a cagey cat sets out with a simple goal and unintentionally achieves a more complex one: creating a community of friends.
The artwork, reminiscent of Richard Scarry’s, complements and adds cheer to this straightforward narrative that underscores the benefits of writing what you know and shows how creativity can lead to unexpected rewards… A charming book about the importance of creativity, persistence, and not eating your potential friends.
— Kirkus Reviews
Didier Lévy began as a journalist before devoting himself full time to children’s literature. He lives in Paris and is the author of Herring Hotel (2019), How to Light Your Dragon (2019), and Life With My Dragon (2022).
Lorenzo Sangio is an award-winning Italian illustrator. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brescia and gained an MA in illustration for publishing from Ars In Fabula, in Macerata.