It's the perfect read-aloud A flustered cat is on the verge of crying fowl in a farmyard story that will crack kids up.
Jack the cat is building the perfect nest. It's bound to attract the perfect chicken, who will lay the perfect egg, which will make the perfect omelet. And sure enough, a chicken shows up ("Caramba "), but so do a duck ("Sacre bleu ") and a goose ("Great balls of fire "). Feathers get ruffled -- and Jack gets much more than breakfast -- in a funny tale rich in detail with a sweet final twist.
About the Author
Catherine Friend left a career in technical writing in Minneapolis to move with her spouse to a small farm in southeastern Minnesota. Her adult memoirs, Hit by a Farm and Sheepish, chronicle her many adventures and mishaps in the country. Her children's picture book, The Perfect Nest, was chosen by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best read-aloud books of 2007. While she's not always comfortable with every aspect of farming, Catherine is proud that she's learned to take the wool from her sheep's backs and knit it into very cool socks.
JOHN MANDERS has illustrated more than a dozen award-winning books for children, including Humphrey, Albert, and the Flying Machine by Kathryn Lasky. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can visit his website at www.johnmanders.com.