Author(s): Jay Pereira and Gabriella Klepatski
This delightful story is about an unexpected friendship between an adventurous cat and a grandfather who loves to fish. Blackie is no ordinary cat. Blackie is a cat with character and a cat with a kind heart. She also knows what’s good for her – food, fishing and friendship! And Grandpop is in need of a friend. He has returned to his favourite camping ground, but this trip is different – Grandpop is alone. One morning, Grandpop discovers Blackie on his caravan step. Over the next few weeks, a very special friendship emerges between Blackie and Grandpop. The story finishes with a heart-warming twist. Blackie the Fisher Cat is illustrated by talented artist Gabriella Klepatski, who beautifully captures the magic of New Zealand’s coastline.
Jay Pereira grew up in a big family that loved to camp by the sea. Blackie the Fisher Cat is inspired by memories of these adventures, and also by an old friend who really did discover an extraordinary cat on the doorstep of his caravan. A teacher for many years, Jay continues to work in education and is passionate about encouraging children to love books. In her spare time she enjoys running, reading, writing and relaxing. Sometimes her best ideas for stories pop into her head as she runs! Jay presently lives in Dunedin, and from her desk she can look out over the harbour and watch the birds and boats pass by. Her stories have been published by Learning Media and Reed Publishing.