Hard Hat Cat!

Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh (Author) Maxine Lee (Illustrator)


Of all the stray cats in Israel, a kitten sits high in a tree above girders, beams, cement mixers and cranes. Avi wants to adopt the friendly kitten although his mom--and the family dog-- don't like the idea. But every day the clever cat comes back, becoming a family's forever cat

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Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Kar-Ben Publishing (R)
Publish Date
January 01, 2020
10.7 X 0.4 X 9.0 inches | 0.79 pounds
Library Binding
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About the Author

Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh regularly writes for National Geographic KIDS. Her many books include Hard Hat Cat, Kol Hakavod: Way to Go!, A Hoopoe says Oop!, Rah! Rah! Mujadara, Can You Hear a Coo, Coo? and Listen! Israel's All Around. She is also a lyricist for pop songs, advertisements and motion pictures. She lives in Burbank, California.

Maxine Leeis an author, illustrator, and cake lover. Maxine's art and graphic design clients include both major international brands and local businesses. She was born in Liverpool, Merseyside, where she still lives with her partner and their two boys, plus a goldfish named Princess Pixie-Frou-Frou. Her debut children's book, Pi-Rat, was published in 2013 by Caterpillar Books in the UK. Visit her at www.maxinelee.com.


A boy finds a friend in the kitten that lives in a tree at a construction site. His family feeds him and other cats but can't take him in because they have a dog that doesn't seem to like cats very much. The kitten comes back a lot and the boy continues to love him but can't have him come inside his home. One day the construction is done and the kitten isn't around anymore. All of a sudden, one day he sees the kitten again and he is brought into his life again in a way that he doesn't expect. I love how this story explained that the kitten adopted people and that he wasn't adopted by them. It reminded me that our kitten adopted us when my brother brought him to us. He was going to 'adopt' him when he found him and he asked my mom to take care of him when he was only days old when he wasn't at home very much. She ended up keeping him over here more than over there until she eventually took him into our home. I started to think there are probably a lot of stories like this book describes, about kittens finding people, instead of people finding them. There are some Hebrew words given throughout the story that are either defined in the sentences they are used in or can be figured out based on what is going on in the story. I like that there is a glossary in the back of the book defining what those words mean as well because I was going to look up what some of the words meant and with the glossary there I didn't have to. This is a fictionalized version of something true that happened in the author's life, where a kitten found her and some other people. -- Jill Harris

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