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KokoCat, Inside and Out

text by Lynda Graham-Barber illustration by Nancy Lane

ISBN: 978-0940719-12-5
$16.95 trade cloth

ISBN: 978-0-940719-15-6
$15.00 ebook

April 2012

24 pages, ages 5 and up

2012 Moonbeam Childrens Book Award - Silver
2008 KIND Children's Book Honor Book
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KokoCat, a well-loved housecat, has seen the world only from the safety of her windows. One day, she takes advantage of an open door and runs away to explore.

Once outside, she finds that life is more complicated and less enjoyable than she bargained for. Hungry, lost, and alone, KokoCat takes shelter under a trash bin, dreaming of her former life and the people who care about her.

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“This book should be required reading for all cat owners! Lynda Graham Barber's careful, direct words combine with Nancy Lane's beautiful, realistic illustrations to present a vivid picture of the comfort and security of an indoor cat, contrasted with the frightening, life-threatening dangers faced outdoors. KokoCat, Inside and Out gets across an important message without "preaching," in a manner that will appeal to all ages of cat lovers as well as to the uninitiated.  An important book with a vital point!”
– Libby Phillips Meggs,
author of Go Home!:
The True Story of James the Cat
 “If any lost cat deserves to be found (and of course they all do), it is KokoCat. I love the artwork and the details about KokoCat’s personality. Follow her outdoor adventure and learn why it is better to be inside than out.”
—Pet Detective Kat Albrecht,
Founder, Missing Pet Partnership


Lynda Graham-Barber abiding passions for writing and animals have intermingled for four-decades, as children’s book editor, writing teacher, author of 13 books, and an animal rights advocate. The author, who holds a MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College, lives in a small stone cottage, which she helped build, situated on 160 wooded acres in the Northeast Kingdom, Vermont, with her artist-husband, David, and their rescued dog, Biscuit.

Nancy Lane has illustrated more than 20 picture books, many award-winners. She loves all kinds of animals, and, when she paints them, she enjoys showing the emotion in their faces. She uses watercolors for her illustrations, and often asks her family, friends and their pets to model for her. Nancy also paints portraits of animals and people. She enjoys hiking with her husband and German Shepherd, Luka, in New York’s Finger Lakes region, where they live. At home, she likes to cook and play the piano.

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