Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed

Author(s): Leslea Newman

Picture Books

A kitten s stroll down a keyboard leads to a celebrated one-minute composition in this charming portrait of a remarkable true friendship. Moshe Cotel was a composer who lived in a noisy building on a noisy street in a noisy city. But Moshe didn t mind. Everything he heard was music to his ears. One day, while out for a walk, he heard a small, sad sound that he d never heard before. It was a tiny kitten! "Come on, little Ketzel," Moshe said, "I will take you home and we will make beautiful music together." And they did in a most surprising way. Inspired by a true story, Leslea Newman and Amy June Bates craft an engaging tale of a creative man and the beloved cat who brings unexpected sweet notes his way."


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Based on a true incident, this delightfully told story is unlikely and adorable in equal parts. Bates watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations feature an un-anthropomorphic kitty whose inquisitive and quizzical nature will be familiar to all cat owners. The author s note offers all the answers readers will want. An absolute charmer! Booklist (starred review)"

Leslea Newman is the author of more than sixty books for readers of all ages, including "The Best Cat in the World, "illustrated by Ronald Himler, and "Hachiko Waits, "illustrated by Machiyo Kodaira, and "October Mourning, "a Stonewall Honor Book. She lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Amy June Bates has illustrated more than forty books for children, including "Waiting for the Magic" by Patricia MacLachlan and "The Dog Who Belonged to No One" by Amy Hest. Her work has been honored by the Society of Illustrators. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania."

General Fields

  • : 9780763665555
  • : Candlewick Press
  • : Candlewick Press
  • : September 2015
  • : United States
  • : October 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Leslea Newman
  • : Hardback
  • : Amy June Bates
  • : 40