), Thoroughly enjoyable, a little cliched, a little predictable - but I have to remember this was not written for thirty somethings but for young adults and on that level it's excellent. And here are some lovely quotes for the book: “Terrific . His awards include: Blue Peter Book of the Year, Nestle Book Prize and TV Bookclub winner. It's rather a novel approach, in fact. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible. Barney Willow is an unhappy boy who wishes to be a cat because cats seem to have a happy go lucky life. Matt Haig was born in Sheffield, England in1975. And I admire that he does such different things. Although I knew To Be A Cat is aimed at a younger audience than the books I would normally read, I loved The Radleys so was determined to give it a go anyway. His bestselling novels are translated into 28 languages. It is a realistic tale with great pathos. The principal is making his life miserable, and a bully is targeting him. Barney Willow is a wonderfully drawn, unhappy little boy, ignored, bullied, picked on, who wishes he could be a cat - and becomes one. Have you ever wondered what Father Christmas was like as a boy? (I did buy it for her but I restrained myself until she had read it first. I need to tell you though that this book is quite firmly in the aimed-at-children bracket - large print, relatively simple language (but absolutely no talking down...). The Truth Pixie (Christmas Series, #3.5) by Matt Haig (Goodreads Author), Chris Mould (Illustrator) This twisted story will leave readers pondering their own lives, which may not be as bad as they think. You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas. . To be a Cat is different. Haig focuses on changing oneself instead of one's circumstances, and I appreciate this different angle. Being in a much better place in my life, this book did not appeal to me as much as it could have, say, when I was much younger and also bullied in school. To be a Cat is different. The only trouble is, he wakes up as a cat the next day; as his bully's cat. He writes books for both adults and children, often blending the worlds of domestic reality and outright fantasy, with a quirky twist. Matt Haig still spins a wonderful tale around a very "Matt Haig" message, which is : you have to like yourself and never, ever wish to be anything or anyone else. I got an ARC of this book several years ago and have just gotten down to it in the stack. Barney Willow is an unhappy boy who wishes to be a cat because cats seem to have a happy go lucky life. Age Range: 8 - 12 Years: About the Author. While The Humans is one of Matt Haig's books squarely directed at adults, it's accessible to a … A Boy called Christmas was my answer. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig review – a high-concept romance The narrator is 400 years old, but the sardonic asides give this pacy novel a modern twist Matt Haig … I actually wanted to give this book 4.5 stars, but since I can't, it's a four. An alumnus of Hull University and Leeds, his work has been translated into twenty-nine languages. She is really worried about him and her family are also supportive. Editorial Reviews. This entertaining thriller oozes comedy and suspense in equal measure” Daily Mail, "An uplifting, poignant novel about regret, hope and second chances" David Nicholls, "Amazing and utterly beautiful, The Midnight Library is everything you'd expect from the genius storyteller who is Matt Haig" Joanna Cannon, "Haig is one of the most inspirational popular writers on mental health of our age and, in his latest novel, he has taken a clever, engaging concept and created a heart-warming story that offers wisdom in the same deceptively simple way as Mitch Albom's best tales". Matt Haig is the bestselling author of several children’s books and novels, including The Radleys, winner of the ALA Alex Award. Free delivery worldwide on over 20 million titles. i mean what's the point!!! Well, my son, Lucas, did! Early life. It describes a boy who is hit by a car and finds himself transformed into a tough street cat. This book is as adorable as you'd expect from the title! Refresh and try again. But I absolutely loved it, from the intro where the author - who butts into the story every so often, to wonderful comic effect - sets out seven magic things about cats. "Haig is one of the most inspirational popular writers on mental health of our age and, in his latest novel, he has taken a clever, engaging concept and created a heart-warming story that offers wisdom in the same deceptively simple way as Mitch Albom's best tales" And headteacher-from-hell Miss Whipmire seems determined to make every second of Barney's existence a complete misery! with an ending which is not too neatly t. This is a book that I think is best read aloud - certainly my children (10 and 7) thought so. To Be A Cat was a really fantastic story; I finished it in one sitting. He has one good friend, and she’s a girl; she’s not a girlfriend, no. Books / Kids News NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK Posted by Matt Haig on February 28, 2019 at 08:27 I’ve ... [Haig's] hard-won wisdom asks us to think about how we can live in the present - and in so doing, he creates a wonderfully perceptive chronicle of life in the always-on social media age. “An outstanding piece of literature,” The Times Ages 0-2; Ages 3-5; Ages 6-8; Ages 9-11; Teen & Young Adult The Guardian has described his writing as 'delightfully weird' and the New York Times has called him 'a novelist of great talent' whose writing is 'funny, rive. Read the latest reviews for Evie in the Jungle by Matt Haig and Emily Gravett at Toppsta.com, the UK's largest children's book review community with over 80,000 reviews. . As a cat owner, I was drawn in by the title and knowing what to expect from the author, the story didn't disappoint. This is more overtly a kids' book than most of his other work (a lot of it is or should be recognised as crossover) but I think is a terrific example of 'all ages' storytelling. He’s constantly picked on, by everyone, from the kids at school, especially that bully Gavin Needle, to the head teacher, Miss Polly Whipmire. . To see what your friends thought of this book, To Be A Cat is a stand-alone book for young readers by popular British author, Matt Haig. Love yourself, and don't ever let bullies or bad things make you want to disappear. Little does he realize that this is all part of a nefarious plot that actually turns him into a cat. I think my favorite line was when he was describing the principal as being from hell. Now, will he end up dead, or find a way to turn back into a boy? Matt Haig is the bestselling author of several children’s books and novels, including The Radleys, winner of the ALA Alex Award. Matt Haig is the bestselling author of several children’s books and novels, including The Radleys, winner of the ALA Alex Award. He makes friends with a dog - and together they get through a range of problems. WINNER OF SEVEN AWARDS INCLUDING bestselling author of Life of Pi Yann Martel. Oh, and a tip - probably not the best book for reading before bed, as most chapters end on a cliff hanger - my kids found it anguishing to have to stop partway through the story! The only slight hesitation is that the pace dropped off about midway - the book felt heavier, less humorous, a bit more laboured - it lost a bit of the lightness of touch that was so enjoyable early on. “A beautiful fable, an It’s a Wonderful Life for the modern age ... Just read all the goodreads and amazon 1 and 2 star reviews. Funny, sad and brilliant. For a year, his father has been missing and when he goes to school he is bullied, not only by a horrible boy called Gavin Needle but also by the new Headmistress, Miss Whipmire. Wouldn't it be lovely to just be a cat instead? These larger than life characters are reminiscent of Roald Dahl, but in every other way, this story is warmer and more reassuring. Matt Haig still spins a wonderful tale around a very "Matt Haig" message, which is : you have to like yourself and never, ever wish to be anything or anyone else. The gist of th. We are both big fans of books with “magical” themes, but I’m avoiding certain books about wizards (because of certain giant trash can authors). Matt Haig’s award-winning books for adults and children include Reasons to Stay Alive and A Boy Called Christmas. It was an interesting premise and I found that I was thinking about the story a lot, but not in a good way! I went to one of Matt Haig's book readings in Liverpool with my Mum and Dad, and bought this book while I was there. This really imaginative story with delightful interludes in the voice of the author provides, humour, invention and a darned good plot. In this UK import Barney Willow is dealing with problems. Even if disappearing becomes very tempting at times (and there's a rather sobering example of this in the book). The Radleys Chris Mould went to art school at the age of sixteen. by Bodley Head. I read this because I love Matt Haig and I love cats - Matt Haig's work for adults is pretty dark and I was pleasantly surprised that he could get down to this fairly cheerful level - not to say there isn't some darkness in this book, there is but he really knows his audience, how to speak to them and how to use the bad things. Plus fabulously wonky illustrations by Pete Williamson who should receive his due of praise. . A quiet, lazy cat. Matt Haig is an internationally bestselling author whose novels for children and adults have been translated into twenty-six languages. I bought this based on all the 5-star reviews and having read and enjoyed Matt Haig's children's books. He could see no way to go on living. To Be A Cat ticks all the boxes if you’re looking for a book that’s funny, action-packed and full of furry animals. We also love a play on words, and a narrator who pops in and out (a different style of writing for my kids), lots of interesting characters and a degree of realism (not so much in terms of the actual story - unless there really are people who can turn into cats?) The Last Family in England: First Few Pages, The Last Family in England: Deleted Chapters, The Last Family in England: Deleted Chapters 1, The Last Family in England: Deleted Chapters 2, The Last Family in England: Deleted Chapters 3, The Last family in England: Deleted Pages 4, The Last Family in England: Deleted Pages 5, The Last Family in England: Authors Commentary, The Possession of Mr Cave: First Few Pages. Award-winning British author Matt Haig (To Be a Cat) writes with warmth, wit and irreverence. John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. THE NESTLE GOLD AWARD AND THE BLUE PETER BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD Haig was born on 3 July 1975 in Sheffield. Gavin Needle’s cat…. Starred review Shelf Awareness. Haig is the author of both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. Matt Haig was born in Sheffield, England in1975. Matt Haig is a new discovery for me. It was an interesting premise and I found that I was thinking about the story a lot, but not in a good way! Things would be so much easier – right? I have a kids website – it’s here if you want to take a look! What more can one ask for? Children and teenagers A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig review – an instant Christmas classic A reindeer named Blitzen and a rather distinctive hat … Full stop. This was one of my absolute favourite books when I was younger, and rereading it I still think it holds up. His bestselling novels are translated into 28 languages. And headteacher-from-hell Miss Whipmire seems determined to make every second of Barney’s existence a complete misery! My children loved it. It describes a boy who is hit by a car and finds himself transformed into a tough street cat. One of my favourite books in my early teens was Jennie by Paul Gallico. We also love a play on words, and a narrator who pops in and out (a different style of writing for my kids), lots of interesting characters and a degree of realism (not so much in terms of the actual story - unless there really are people who can turn into cats?) I've loved everything Matt Haig's written since discovering him through The Last Family in England, which is still in my all time favourites list. Before anything else, I want to mention that I still do want to be a cat and hopefully someday I would turn into one, so this wasn't a help in that matter. Just the titles of these books themselves will start you off on the right foot: Girl, stop apologizing! He writes books for both adults and children, often blending the worlds of domestic reality and outright fantasy, with a quirky twist. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Some of the characters were a bit flat but otherwise a very enjoyable read. It’s the sequel to A Boy Called Christmas and tells the story of Father Christmas’s quest to find Amelia, the first child to wake up on the first ever Christmas morning, and the only person who can bring back the magic of Christmas. It's rather a novel approach, in fact. The Midnight Library is out now in hardback in the UK and just launched in America. It's a wonderful story of love, loyalty, humour, standing up to bullying and how being yourself is more important than anything. They are things stored in all our imaginations-hence the name stories-and it is the author's job to point them out.”. To Be A Cat is my third kids book and the paperback is available in the UK and America. I'm glad I did. Matt Haig envisions a world where a small group of individuals age at a much slower pace than the average human. We personally assess every book's quality and offer rare, out-of-print treasures. February 2nd 2012 Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this middle-grade, imaginative, wonderful book with a perfect and fulfilling end. Children's books by age range. This is a wonderful little book. Novelist known for his speculative young adult and children’s fiction. It centres around unconditional loyalty, courage in the face of impossible circumstances and the surprise that things are never as scary as you make them out to be, even bullies. Matt Haig was very nice and took the time to speak to us, sign this book for me and have a photograph taken with us. To mark the occasion of the UK launch, the wonderful Pete Williamson has also redesigned the jackets of Shadow Forest and The Runaway Troll and they will be out May 2013 too. Helpful. Here’s the blurb from the back cover: A young boy, Barney, isn't very popular as a human as wishes that he could be a cat - as he believes they have an easier life than him. Barney Willow thinks life couldn’t get any worse. This is a children book but it is written by Matt Haig whose adult novels I loved and it is about cats so I decided to give it a try. It is amazing how he writes so many diffe This is a children book but it is written by Matt Haig whose adult novels I loved and it is about cats so I decided to give it a try. Maybe you should talk to someone? Here’s the … ThriftBooks sells millions of used books at the lowest everyday prices. why cant u add the full book??? Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published His parents are divorced and his father has disappeared. It turns out we only knew half the story” (SIMON MAYO), “The Christmas book of the year” (THE SUN), “Matt Haig puts the Happy back into Christmas” (JEANETTE WINTERSON), “Matt Haig has written the most evergreen, immortal Christmas story to be published for decades. I've loved everything Matt Haig's written since discovering him through The Last Family in England, which is still in my all time favourites list. Matt Haig managed to write it as well as his adult books. Visit the Samuel Blink website, “Children with a taste for magic and fantasy will find both – and a dollop of humour – in this second tale of Samuel Blink . Being in a much better place in my life, this book did not appeal to me as much as it could have, say, when I was much younger and also bullied in school. It centres around unconditional loyalty, courage in the face of impossible circumstances and the surprise that things are never as scary as you make them out to be, even bullies. I got an ARC of this book several years ago and have just gotten down to it in the stack. How to Stop Time is a thought-provoking read. Read more. An alumnus of Hull University and Leeds, his work has been translated into twenty-nine languages. His friends show their true colours and allow him to find what he wants in life. To find another life… Being a cat, for example. Barney’s Mum may seem disinterested, surviving as a single mother, but she really cares for him. The principal is making his life miserable, and a bully is targeting him. Thoroughly enjoyable, a little cliched, a little predictable - but I have to remember this was not written for thirty somethings but for young adults and on that level it's excellent. The Radleys [Matt Haig] on Amazon.com. Worst of all, Dad has been missing for almost a year, and there's no sign of him ever coming home. It was as if this book was written for my 8 year old son who for several years now has tried to convince us that he is a cat. I have to thank my niece Eve for lending this to me. An alumnus of Hull University and Leeds, his work has been translated into twenty-nine languages. I loved this, what a brilliant message, I'm a big fan of Haig anyway so I expected a decent book but I was expecting a story not a life lesson and this book just full of messages that people should live by, love yourself the way you are, it's okay that you aren't everyone's type of person, life is sad sometimes and that's okay too, it's okay to not be okay. This is a wonderful little book. 4.5 stars. . The Guardian has described his writing as 'delightfully weird' and the New York Times has called him 'a novelist of great talent' whose writing is 'funny, riveting and heartbreaking'. We deliver the joy of reading in 100% recyclable packaging with free standard shipping on US orders over $10. He has won the Nottingham Children's Book Award and been commended by the Sheffield Children's Book Award. Because he’s about to wake up as a cat – and not just any cat. This book explains a lot that’s for sure. The Girl Who Saved Christmas is my latest children’s book. Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. I was so excited to read To Be A Cat by Matt Haig and fortunately, it lived up to all my expectations. Born in 1975 in Sheffield, he now lives in Brighton with his family. I had read how to stop time and popped matt haig into the search bar for an audiobook - quite unintentionally downloaded it not realising it was a kids book I just love cats! The definitive (and funny) history of ho, ho, ho! It is a realistic tale with great pathos. In this UK import Barney Willow is dealing with problems. perfect for Christmas is every way” (INDEPENDENT), “A new festive classic. And that is a as important a message as you can give to children in the main character's sort of predicament. It’s Barney Willow’s twelfth birthday, but it’s hardly what you’d call a happy one. He studied English and History at the University of Hull.. Career. Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars 32 customer ratings; Amazon Best Sellers Rank: ... Matt Haig has written other books, so they make a nice little set. There is a lot of humour, mixed in with pathos and lessons in life that were not laid on too thickly. She is, indeed, truly evil. Start by marking “To Be A Cat” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Some of his most popular novels include The Last Family in England, The Dead Fathers Club, and The Possession of Mr Cave. This is a great little story, and a quick, entertaining read. His parents are divorced, and his dad’s been missing, properly missing, since last summer. Matt Haig is the author of the internationally bestselling memoir Reasons to Stay Alive, along with five novels, including How to Stop Time, and several award-winning children's books. A young boy, Barney, isn't very popular as a human as wishes that he could be a cat - as he believes they have an easier life than him. I love Matt Haig. SHADOW FOREST (UK) Something special, which they might not have, which shines out of you like a jewel.”, “But stories aren't always lies. The uplifting tale of a young girl cheered by a cheeky sprite who is unable to lie, The Truth Pixie is short and very sweet” Guardian “Reasons to Stay Alive for seven-year-olds” Huffington Post “A self-help book for children . I bought this based on all the 5-star reviews and having read and enjoyed Matt Haig's children's books. As a human he is being bullied by another boy, has a headteacher from hell, and his dad has been missing for a year; something which many children could. One person found this helpful. Stay... Barney Willow thinks life couldn't get any worse. This website uses cookies. The gist of the story isn't new - Paul Gallico's Jennie particularly comes to mind, where a boy wakes up as a cat - but the treatment certainly is. Barney has a dear friend, Rissa, who always has his back. As a human he is being bullied by another boy, has a headteacher from hell, and his dad has been missing for a year; something which many children could relate to. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. We’d love your help. He has one good friend, and she’s a girl; she’s not a girlfr. His mum is sad and a bit manic. He is Booktrust's writer in residence. For a year, his father has been missing and when he goes to school he is bullied, not only by a horrible boy called Gavin Needle but also by the new Headmistress. His parents are divorced and his father has disappeared. To Be A Cat is a stand-alone book for young readers by popular British author, Matt Haig. An instant classic” (GUARDIAN), “Like enjoying the warmth of a good fire on a cold day . I read this because I love Matt Haig and I love cats - Matt Haig's work for adults is pretty dark and I was pleasantly surprised that he could get down to this fairly cheerful level - not to say there isn't some darkness in this book, there is but he really knows his audience, how to speak to them and how to use th. He’s weedy, with sticky-out ears. He lives in York with his wife, UK novelist Andrea Semple, and their two children. "He didn't know if that was her exact address, but it definitely shared the same postcode." Discover Book Depository's huge selection of Matt Haig books online. with an ending which is not too neatly tied up. Matt Haig was born in Sheffield, England in1975. The intrigue and suspense was perfect for the genre and for once, I'm going to give one of my books away to a child so that they can enjoy it too. Love yourself, and don't ever let. He has won numerous awards for his books, including the Nestle Children’s Book Prize for Shadow Forest in 2007. Posted by Matt Haig on October 2, 2020 at 17:24 The Midnight Library has just launched in America and has been chosen as a Good Morning America Book Club pick. . The story takes place over a couple of days and features rapid chase scenes, amazing transformations and life-changing epiphanies. By using this website you agree with our cookie policy which you can review or amend at any time. He lives in York with his wife, UK novelist Andrea Semple, and their two children. Fun adventure story about a boy who's not very happy with himself and would rather become a cat. But I absolutely loved it, from the intro where the author - who butts into the story every so often, to wonderful comic effect - sets out seven magic things about cats. He's weedy, with sticky-out ears. Still, small price to pay for a lovely book that we all enjoyed. And that is a as important a message as you can give to children in the main character's sort of predicament. Critic Jason Sheehan says the new novel from Matt Haig — about a mystical library that lets people sample all the ways their lives might have gone — is a little too gentle and straightforward. ill be holding onto this one for my little boy when he is older. His bestselling novels are translated into 28 languages. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Author of The Humans, The Radleys, The Last Family in England, To Be A Cat and Shadow Forest. The website of novelist Matt Haig. Born in Sheffield, he began his career writing adult fiction and his first novel, The Last Family in England, is currently being adapted into a film by the New Zealand film-maker Taika Waititi. Rissa Fairweather is cool and different and doesn’t care what anyone says about her. There is a lot of humour, mixed in with pathos and lessons in life that were not laid on too thickly. Welcome back. He’s constantly picked on, by everyone, from the kids at school, especially that bully Gavin Needle, to the head teacher, Miss Polly Whipmire. It’s Barney Willow’s twelfth birthday, but it’s hardly what you’d call a happy one. Worst of all, Dad has been missing for almost a year, and there’s no sign of him ever coming home. Little does he realize that this is all part of a nefarious plot that actually turns him into a cat. The book is full of fantastic characters - his loyal friend Rissa, Guster the family King Charles spaniel who thinks he IS King Charles, the "swipers" (street cats), the evil bully Gavin Needle with the soft underbelly, the supremely evil Miss Whipmire who keeps her pencils in a cat's skull, and the amazing Terrorcat. So becoming a cat, may in fact have thrust him into a far more dangerous world. I decided to listen to this audiobook having read a couple of other books by Matt Haig. 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