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When Martha's Away

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Hey Martha, when you go off to school, do you think your cat, Lionel, just sleeps all day? Well, boy, does Lionel have news for you! He reads the daily paper, called Cats Today; he pumps iron; he paints portraits of his neighbor, the glamorous Gladys from No. 34. And that's just his morning fun! Hey reader, sit back and laugh as Lionel reveals, at long last, the secret lif ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 30th 1995 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published June 1995)
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Bruce Ingman's When Martha's Away is another title that peaks behind the curtain of cat life. Originally published in 1995, this is the story of Lionel who has some secrets to tell to his owner. When she goes off to school, his schedule is packed full, and not just with catnaps. Lionel reads the newspaper, works out, watches television, chats to his cousin Albert on the phone and even gives bravura piano performances. When he hears the gate outside, however, he "dash
A pet tells its keeper "Martha" about its daily life when she's away at school; picturing the cat doing what a normal person does (;
A tall tale by a cat about all the things she gets up to when the humans are away.
Now we know what cats do while their owners are gone. Cute, but nothing wonderful.
Edward Sullivan
What cats really do when their humans are away.
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Bruce Ingman is the award-winning illustrator of PREVIOUSLY and THE RUNAWAY DINNER, as well as BOING! by Sean Taylor. He lives in London.
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