Waking early one morning before the birds, Tiger sensed danger and a voice in his head told him to run for his life. He fled out of the house, down the buckling street as a loud thunder sound rolled up from under the ground. He ran up a tree where he found half the cats from the city were hiding. When dawn rose in the morning, Tiger came down the tree and went looking for his young owner through the crumpled city streets and found her in a shelter. Tiger realises, as he snuggles in the arms of his young owner that……
New Zealand Author Diana Noonan agonised like many, over what she could do to help after the September 2010 Christchurch earthquake. She wished she was a builder or plumber, even an animal welfare officer, to help the animals. As she points out in the beginning of this beautiful book, wishing isn’t going to help, instead, make use of the skills you do have. So with help of Christchurch illustrator Gavin Bishop, “Quakey Cat” was born. In the back of this musically rhymed story there is a glossary of words and their meanings that Diana thought would help children talk, and understand what happened, and not feel so frightened. Though it bought a great deal of comfort for the children, little did anyone know that 6 months later Christchurch would suffer its worst quake ever. Both the author and illustrator have donated their royalties from this book to different charities in and around Christchurch along with 50% of Scholastic proceeds from the sale of this book also go to helping those in need in Christchurch. Scholastic have also gifted 15,000 of these books to year 1 and 2 children in the affected area.
With over 100 books to her credit, Diana’s stories lean toward teaching, understand and stimulating the minds of the young, and they have won many awards. If you want to find out more about this author there is a write-up about her in the Christchurch Library. This is a very special book.