Book Title: Alycat and the Cattywampus Wednesday by Alysson Foti Bourque
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
Release date: May 9, 2022
Content Rating: G
Alycat wakes up to seafood gumbo for breakfast, and even though her house is the first stop for the school bus, the bus is already full when she boards. Alycat’s whole day is turning topsy-turvy. What is happening? Young readers will tag along on Alycat’s adventures during her very “cattywampus” Wednesday and learn that a little help from some friends and a good attitude can make your day!
The themes of the books in the Alycat Series all reflect a reliance on friendships, imagination, and creativity towards problem solving. The character traits of Alycat and her friends inspire and encourage young readers to find their own special gifts. After enduring a cattywampus world pursuant to an unexpected pandemic, this book will resonate with readers to persevere through the wackiest and toughest of times.
Wednesday is often called "hump day" but Alycat learns that her day has turned into a cattywampus, or abnormal, Wednesday. Her day begins with seafood gumbo and ends with eggs and beignets, and everything in between is topsy turvy and backward! This cattywampus Wednesday is certainly a day to remember but Alycat proves that she's able to deal with it all!
This is a story that will make children laugh but it can also be a teaching tool. The past few years have proven that life is unpredictable and changes can occur overnight, but this cute little cat shows children that they can adapt and make the best of their situations. The text is easy to read, there are bright, colorful illustrations that children will love, and they will enjoy the tips in the author's note, with their play on words that encourage them to 'stay Paws-itive', 'to spend time with your fur-ends', and not to 'fur-get to count your blessings'.
Alycat and the Cattywampus Wednesday is a fun book for both children and adults, and it could be a great resource in planning a special library program or classroom activity.
I received a copy of this book from the author via iRead Book Tours. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
1. What inspired you to write Alycat and the Cattywampus Wednesday?
I was inspired to write Alycat and the Cattywampus Wednesday during the pandemic when the world seemed strange, odd, and a bit skewed. I knew that readers needed a resource to cope with an abnormal world, and this story is written to provide comfort and grace on any unusual or strange day for them.
2. Tell me about the real Alycat? How did that come to be? Where does she tour?
Alycat the mascot is a life-size mascot that comes to author visits. In the first year of author tours, many students asked to see and hug Alycat. Since I usually listen to kid ideas, I decided to have a larger-than-life cat join in on the fun! She has her own line dance—The Alycat Shuffle and loves to take pictures in a photobooth after the author visits. Kids love her!
3. Why do you feel it is important to utilize positive thinking with change?
It appears that everywhere you turn— the news, social media, friend conversations—the topic of discussion is always geared toward what’s wrong with society. We can change that narrative by employing positive affirmations and anticipating good in the world and teach our kids to be leaders of positive thinking. Our children hear our conversations and mimic what we, as adults, conversate about and believe. The world is always changing, that won’t change, but we can correct the way we deal with uncertain situations. By being a leader of positive thinking, we can encourage an upbeat attitude among others around us, keep morale high, increase productivity, and encourage growth with their energy, interests, and their actions.
4. What is your favorite thing about being an author?
Seeing the joy and smiles from readers after I read them the stories.
5. What is in your future and/or Alycat's future?
The 5th book of The Alycat Series, Alycat and the Cattywampus Wednesday, hit shelves nationwide on May 9, 2022, traditionally published with Pelican Publishing, an imprint of Arcadia Publishing. The 6th book is in production for a Spring 2023 release, and I am writing the 7th book of the series now.
Thank you, Alysson, for talking with me today, and isn't it funny that this interview is actually being posted on a Wednesday?
Alysson Foti Bourque is the author of the award-winning Alycat series. Alysson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern University Law Center.
After practicing law for six years, she traded in writing trial briefs for writing children’s books. Alysson enjoys public speaking opportunities at schools, conferences, and festivals nationwide. She hopes to inspire people of all ages to follow their dreams and believe in themselves wholeheartedly.
AWARDS & HONORS
The Alycat Series has won several prestigious awards including:
Three Mom’s Choice Awards®
Benjamin Franklin Digital Award, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
Best Book Award Finalist
NY Big Book Award
Reviewed by Midwest Book Review
Southern Festival of Books Panelist
Louisiana Book Festival Featured Author
Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Pinterest
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