Poppy's Tail by Cate Douglas
Poppy dreams it would be fun to have a tail! But which kind will she choose? She tries out lots of different animal tails, then invents her own and finds lots of amusing and original ways to use it. With vibrant illustrations and light-hearted rhyme, Poppy's Tail is a glossy, playful and engaging picture book, beautifully designed to captivate a young child's imagination.
Cate Douglas has a background in graphic design and copywriting. She contributes to journals specific to her target market, speaks at associated trade events and is also a governor at a London prep school. A quiet calling to write children’s picture books first emerged when her daughter was a toddler. Now, with an empty nest, she has been able to fulfil a passionate commitment to bring forth her first book, Poppy’s Tail. Cate lives in London and takes time for creative nourishment on a small Greek island.
Bobbun Books (2017)
Can’t Put It Down author review panel highly recommends this picture book, by the imaginative author and illustrator, Cate Douglas.
Poppy dreams of what it might be like to have different kinds of animal tails, deciding in the end, to invent one of her own. She tries to conjure up different ways of making personal use of her invented tail, but she doesn’t forget about her friends. The story is intriguing, amusing and warm-hearted.
Cate uses captivating colours for her clean-lined illustrations. The juxtaposition of illustrations to text presents a neat, uncluttered look, which invites the young reader to engage with the charmingly rhymed, short phrases of text.
Cate has created an engaging book in which all children will delight.
Review by Judy Brulo April 2018