First the mouse, and now the cat! Here is a companion piece to my previous post about Markus Mouse . Liep Lap die Lappies Kat (translates as Patch the Patchwork Cat) is a similar, sleepy time story, and the illustrations by Nicola Bayley have the same loving attention to small and seemingly insignificant details. Both books have the same delight in the creature being depicted.
Only a cat lover can draw like this:
We meet Liep Lap, a cat who loves her brown patchwork quilt. One day the quilt is thrown away. But Liep Lap decides to get her quilt back:
Unfortunately, she ends up joining the quilt in the back of the rubbish truck. Just look at those rubbish truck teeth:
Liep Lap survives the ride and has to spend the night with some very scary rats:
She tries to find her way home:
Luckily she comes across the milk man, who gives her a lift. Don’t you love the interior of his cab? There is a picture of a cat at the top there, and even a pot plant.
So Liep Lap arrives safely home and her quilt gets a good (and much needed) wash.
I’ve only included some of the illustrations, there are many more. All equally lovely.
Looking at this last picture makes me wish I was curled up in my own patchwork quilt, with a nice warm cat. Its another cold, rainy spring day over here, and it feels just like winter: