Patchwork Cat – Nichola Bayley

First the mouse, and now the cat! Here is a companion piece to my previous post about Markus MouseLiep 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.  1

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:


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marisa
    Sep 07, 2009 @ 18:08:55

    These illustrations make my already great need for a kitty swell to desperate proportions.

  2. mashadutoit
    Sep 07, 2009 @ 18:51:41

    I know! Never mind that I have two huge hairy smelly noisy dogs already. And I swear she modelled these drawings on one particular special kitty. They look like portraits to me, not just “generic cat” images.

  3. Marisa
    Sep 08, 2009 @ 09:10:38

    Definitely a special kitty – the love behind the drawings is evident. I love tabbies – they somehow always seem to have lots of personality. Sigh… I can’t wait till we move out of our flat next year and can have a little feline friend.

  4. Liske van Lill
    Dec 07, 2009 @ 23:02:41

    This little kitty led to my love for reading; it was my favourite book when I was 9 years old. I even blogged about it 🙂

  5. mashadutoit
    Dec 08, 2009 @ 06:45:46

    Thanks for the link, Liske, and now I’ll have to read some of the books on your list. 🙂

  6. Lin
    Nov 01, 2010 @ 22:31:45

    Do you know who the author was of Liep Lap die Lappies Kat? I have been looking for this book for a couple of years, but are unable to find it anywhere! (It was my favorite book growing up).

  7. mashadutoit
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 07:42:56

    No! But I’m sure I’ve seen that book somewhere not that long ago…let me look out for it.* *

  8. Maša
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 23:47:52

    oh ❤
    she looks just like my cat who also sleeps on a similar quilt. 🙂
    I'm glad I found your blog!

  9. mashadutoit
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 09:01:53

    Sounds lovely! 🙂 It’s such a pretty cat. Now I’m off to check out your blog too…

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