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Author: Annie M. G. Schmidt Narrator: Katherine Kellgren Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9780147521002
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A charming Dutch classic that withstands the test of time worldwide and will appeal to readers young and old—and dog and cat lovers alike!
“A charming, refreshing, and funny treat.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Shy reporter Mr. Tibble is close to losing his job because he only writes about cats. But when an act of kindness brings him into contact with the unusual Miss Minou, his luck suddenly begins to change.

Minou provides Tibble with juicy news. But it's who is giving her the gossip that's newsworthy. Minou claims that the tips come from her local feline friends, who are the eyes and ears of the neighborhood. Tibble is appreciative but can't help wondering: How could this be? And why is Minou so terrified of dogs and so skilled at climbing trees and rooftops?

It's almost as if she’s a cat herself.

“Schmidt raises questions about what it is to be human, what it is to be a cat . . . and what it means to accept someone for who she is.” —Shelf Awareness, Starred

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A charming, refreshing, and funny treat.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “This story is delightfully quirky, with touches of madcap action, and narrator Kellgren is perfectly matched to the tale…Kellgren sounds as though she’s having a delightful time. She gives Minou a breathless innocence. Tibble, with his nasal voice, often sounds overwhelmed, and the villains are haughty and speak with tight throats. The cats are a wonderful variety of English accents from Yorkshire to Cockney to upper-crust London. Best of all, Kellgren adds meows and hissing into the mix. The story is wonderfully gentle and silly; even parents will enjoy listening.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “Schmidt raises questions about what it is to be human, what it is to be a cat, what it is to be something in between, and what it means to accept someone for who she is.”

    Shelf Awareness (starred review)

  • “A fanciful tale that shows how people can change by forming close relationships…Readers will come away with the knowledge that caring for someone (or some cat) can make one a better, stronger, more empathetic person.”

    School Library Journal

  • “It’s a satisfying and triumphant fantasy—one that will have readers watching what they say in front of their cats.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016

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About the Author

Annie M. G. Schmidt (1911–1995) was regarded as the queen of Dutch children’s literature, and her books have been an essential part of every Dutch childhood for the last fifty years. Having won numerous awards during her lifetime, including the 1989 Hans Christian Andersen Award, Schmidt is now included in the canon of Dutch history taught to all Dutch schoolchildren, alongside Spinoza, Anne Frank, and Vincent van Gogh.

About the Narrator

Katherine Kellgren (1969–2018), narrator and actress, appeared onstage in London, New York, and Frankfurt, including in the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie and appearances on Comedy Central. In recognition of her mastery of audiobook narration, she received many honors, including the prestigious Audie Awards, with four for best female narrator; the Odyssey Award; Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award; dozens of AudioFile magazine Earphones Awards; an AudioFile Golden Voice Award; Booklist Voice of Choice award; and acclaim from press and listener reviews.