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When Martha's Away

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When you go off to school, you think I just sleep all day. WELL, BOY, HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU!

Martha may think her cat, Lionel, merely naps while she is at school, but she is quite mistaken. Lionel has a jam-packed schedule. He busies himself during the day by catching up on current affairs, weightlifting, cooking, painting, and — most important — socializing. This award-w
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Candlewick Press (first published June 1995)
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Shazzer
As posted on Outside of a Dog

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
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Marg Corjay
Sep 22, 2015 Marg Corjay rated it liked it
A bit confusing for younger children, they will not "get" some of the references of the cat's daily activities or care what he is doing. Illustrations were dark-colored and could be offputting to the toddler set.
Huda
Nov 19, 2012 Huda rated it it was ok
Shelves: en-pic-books
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 (;
Julia
A tall tale by a cat about all the things she gets up to when the humans are away.
Stefani
Mar 10, 2011 Stefani rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-picture
Now we know what cats do while their owners are gone. Cute, but nothing wonderful.
Edward Sullivan
Mar 19, 2011 Edward Sullivan rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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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