WINIFRED

Sam Maher offers you a sneak peak of an old story she's revisiting with illustrations... introducing 'Winifred'

2012
DrawingIllustrationWriting
a sneak peak of WINIFRED a new story that is coming together, a series of picture books, board books and a junior fiction
Winifred’s Moving House A Story for Cat Lovers
 
Up until today, I’ve lived here. I was born here, and thought I’d live here forever. But today I’m moving. 
 
My name’s Winifred, you can call me Winnie. I’m not one of those fussy pedigree cats, just a cat. My tail is loooong and every time I catch it, it really [oooOOOOWWW] hurts.
 
I don’t want to leave but that’s what big cats do. I don’t feel so big today. 
 
I’m going to live with a Kate, she’s a human… aaawwwhhHH! MUUUMMMM! I don’t like HUMANS!
 
The other human is Mum too… WEIRD! She’s doesn’t look like Mum and she s-s-smells like DOG! aaawwwhhHH! MUUUMMMM!
 
The car trip is horrible! I sneezed and wee went everywhere. Kate squealed like a pig aaaaAAAHHHH! MUUUMMMM!
 
Kate’s shoved me against the glass, my nose was cold. She scratched behind my ears, I scratched behind her ears… aaaaAAAHHHH! MUUUMMMM! [M: Don’t Scratch!] [W:Huh?]
 
I’m busting to explore my new garden [struggle] aaaaAAAHHHH! MUUUMMMM! I guess I’ll play later. 
 
These benches are too high. I don’t drink milk… yyyuuuUUKKK! I circled and circled, [grab ankles] aaaaAAAHHHH! MUUUMMMM! [M: Don’t Scratch!] Eventually she gave me proper food. I love Sardines.
 
I did a wee in a box. oooOOOHHHHaaaahhHHH Kate looked like a monkey. Weird! Does she wee in a box? 
 
I’m trying to sleep BUT Kate’s bored… I pounce aaaaAAAHHHH! MUUUMMMM! [M: Don’t Scratch!]
 
[M: Don’t Scratch!] [M: Don’t SCRATCH!] [M: DON’T SCRATCH!]
I don’t know where to scratch.
 
I WANT TO GO OUTSIDE! I pounce aaaaAAAHHHH! MUUUMMMM! [M: DON’T SCRATCH! Put that cat OUTSIDE!] Success…
 
I think I’ll like it here.

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