Antics of family felines inspires Beccles author’s first book
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A Beccles mother has self published a collection of short stories chronicling the adventures of her mischievous family cats.
Deb Harris, 53, released 'Cats Behaving Badly - Mowgli and Mischa Stories, recently.
The self-illustrated book allows readers to join the Harris family as they try to keep two very naughty Burmese cats under control.
Mowgli, a stocky brown tom cat, and cream fur ball Michca delight in causing trouble for their owners.
The former teacher, now a teacher-trainer, has been writing the book for seven years.
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Mrs Harris said: 'When I was teaching years ago I would tell my class stories of the cats and the children absolutely loved them.
'The truth is Burmese cats are really more like monkeys than cats.'
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Told from the perspective of the feline double act, stories include the pair's first encounter along with chaotic attempts to catch dinner together.
The book is designed to aid children in their reading development,
'The book is perfect for newly independent readers, those moving from picture books to chapter books – it's a transitional book', said Mrs Harris. 'We have had feedback from people who have bought the book and they say it is perfect for a bedtime story.'
Lee Mason, owner of Beccles Books in Exchange Square, which stocks the book, explained the store is happy to be involved in the project.
He said: 'It's very important to support local authors as it helps create a sense of community in the town. It can be very difficult so we like to help local talent.'
Mr Mason believes the locality of the story and author will be beneficial in encouraging children to read.
He said: 'Because it's local, another level of engagement is added – especially when the author visits schools and stage events.'
Speaking of her hopes for the book Mrs Harris said: 'More than anything I would like to have a readership and have children enjoy the antics of two naughty animals.'
The easy to read book narrating the adventures of the curious cats is available on Amazon as well as at Beccles Books.
If you would like to purchase a copy click HERE.