The Bookstore Cat (Hardcover)

The Bookstore Cat By Cylin Busby, Charles Santoso (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cylin Busby, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
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An irresistible and engaging picture book perfect for story time, and for cat and bookstore lovers alike!

The bookstore cat is an adorable . . .

bossy . . .

cuddly cat.

He is everything from intelligent and loyal to naughty and vocal! But most of all, the bookstore cat is a well-loved (and well-read) kitty. Follow his funny antics from A to Z through a day in his bustling, book-filled shop.

The Bookstore Cat is based on a Victorian parlor game, The Minister’s Cat, in which players try to think of adjectives to describe the cat in alphabetical order. Readers can extend the fun of the book by playing their own version of the game.

About the Author

Cylin Busby is the author of three feline-focused books: The White House Cat, illustrated by Neely Daggett, The Bookstore Cat, illustrated by Charles Santoso, and The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs. Her books for teens include the acclaimed memoir The Year We Disappeared and the novels The Stranger Game and Blink Once. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. You can visit her online at

Charles Santoso loves drawing little things in his little journal and dreams about funny, wondrous stories. He moves around between different countries to live and work. Charles is always on the lookout for bookstores and cats whenever he explores a new place. He is the illustrator of several picture books, including Ida, Always, I Will Read to You, and Dear Unicorn. You can visit him at

Praise For…

“A real treat for the legion of readers with intersecting loves of books and cats.” — Booklist

“The best part of the book is its potential for teaching and learning; the less concrete descriptors open the way for vocabulary-building, and once the author has shown them how to play the game, most readers will want to come up with their own alphabets.” — School Library Journal

“An alphabetical celebration of the venerable bookstore cat.” — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062894342
ISBN-10: 006289434X
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: October 20th, 2020
Pages: 32
Language: English