Lester’s Great Adventure
Lester was just your average well-loved, housebound house cat. He enjoyed eating, playing with his favourite toys, and looking out the window—watching the other animals play in the grass. He was also a bit of a giant, with long grey hair and big green eyes that looked like olives, and his long fluffy tail twitched when he wanted to play with the animals out the window. Oh, and he had a mysteriously missing ear tip. Then, one day, his pampered lifestyle completely changed, when Lester took the chance to step outside and go on an adventure. So begins Lester’s Great Adventure.
But while having the time of his life—encountering the sights and smells of the outside world—Lester gets lost. Disoriented as he runs from a loud noise, he hides under a deck, venturing out only to encounter noisy kids playing hockey on the street, and retreating back under deck. Will Lester find his courage and his way home? Will his owners help to rescue him? And if he does make it home, will he even be happy to see Tess, his owners other cat, who never wants to play with him?
Based on a true story, Lester’s Great Adventure follows an ordinary giant house cat who journeys out on an adventure only to find himself lost and unable to find his way home. Written for children aged seven years old and younger, Lester’s Great Adventure shows young readers how sometimes you have to take a chance and be brave, and sometimes we all need a little help to find our way.
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Introducing… Tina Olah, the illustrator behind Lester’s Great Adventure!
Tina Olah is a digital artist, graphic designer, and fan of all cute animals. She collects way too many books, games and movies, and loves to create fan art or write about them in her spare time. Tina’s best friend is her little shih tzu, Ozzy. He’s the king of the house!
While Tina’s favorite entertainment genres are sci-fi, fantasy and horror, she’ll watch or read just about anything. Favorite authors include Jeff VanderMeer, Stephen King, and Margaret Weis. Ozzy would appreciate if Tina spent a lot more time reading, as sitting next to her on the “reading couch” or on his little rug outside during the summer is one of his favorite past times.
Meet the Real Lester
Lester’s Great adventure is based on a true story, my real cat, Lupin, (named after one of my favourite Harry Potter characters). Like in the story, my husband and I came home and found the front door open, and Lupin missing. Our house was fine; we weren’t robbed, it really must have been the wind that blew the door open. But Lupin walked out and went on what must have been an exciting and scary adventure. Here’s more information about the giant cat, that inspired the story.
Lupin was born in summer of 2010. He became part of the family when he was two-years-old. He was adopted from a cat rescue and has enjoyed living in his comfy home, with his cat sisters, Tonks and Mara. Like Lester, Lupin enjoys taking naps, playing with his favourite toys (especially ones with feathers and anything that can slide around on the floor.) Lupin also loves the special cat food in a can. Whenever Julie comes home from work, Lupin will follow her around, meowing and head bumping her legs, until he gets fed. (Yes, Lupin is pretty much the boss of the house)
Lupin is a large, fuzzy cat whoseis almost twenty pounds, but he is in perfect health. He looks chubby, but it’s actually just a lot of fur. He is very strong and hates to be brushed – which causes problems when his long hair gets tangled. Lupin also enjoys jumping on Tonks’ head. Like the Tess, (whose character was inspired by Tonks) Tonks does not enjoy Lupin’s playful behaviour. Now that the third cat, a kitten name Mara, has come to live with Lupin, Lupin has a friend to play with and doesn’t mind when he jumps on her head – she often returns the favour and is content chasing him around the house and vice versa. Tonks is happy to nap and live a quiet life while her siblings play.
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