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WhenMartha's Away ➻ [Reading] ➽ WhenMartha's Away By Bruce Ingman ➰ – Thomashillier.co.uk When you go off to school, you think I just sleep all day WELL, BOY, HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU Martha may think her cat, Lionel, merely naps while she is at school, but she is quite mistaken Lionel has When you go off to school, you think I just sleep all day WELL, BOY, HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU Martha may think her cat, Lionel, merely naps while she is at school, but she is quite mistaken Lionel has a jam packed schedule He busies himself during the day by catching up on current affairs, weightlifting, cooking, painting, and most important socializing This award winning tale of a cat s private life is presented with humor and panache by the talented Bruce Ingman.


About the Author: Bruce Ingman

Bruce Ingman is a British picture book author and illustrator He was born in Liverpool, and studied fine art at Nottingham Trent University and illustration at the Royal College of Art, London He has taught at a number of art colleges and has illustrated for magazines, including British Vogue and The Sunday Times He published his first book, When Martha s Away, in , and has gone on to illustrate a number of other authors books, including multiple titles from the celebrated Allan Ahlberg Ingman regularly gives talks and workshops in schools, theatres and at literary festivals, including Cheltenham, Edinburgh and Oxford, and he is a founding Ambassador for the House of Illustration, the world s first dedicated home for the art of illustration.



10 thoughts on “WhenMartha's Away

  1. Hilary Hilary says:

    This is a fun story about what cat gets up to when his owner has gone to school, exercising, cooking lunch, catching up with friends and giving a piano recital and finishing just I time to be curled up and looking cute ready for when Martha gets home Lovely bright illustrations, painted in a humorous and naive style.


  2. Mark Mark says:

    This award winning tale of a cat s secret ife is brought to life with humor and panache by the talented Bruce Ingman.


  3. Valleri Valleri says:

    What a fun story about what a cat does when her human is gone for the day


  4. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Cute story the kids at storytime would LOVE


  5. Shazzer Shazzer says:

    As posted on Outside of a DogBruce Ingman s When Martha s Away is another title that peaks behind the curtain of cat life Originally published in 1995, this is the story of Lionel who has some secrets to tell to his owner When she goes off to school, his schedule is packed full, and not just with catnaps Lionel reads the newspaper, works out, watches television, chats to his cousin Albert on the phone and even gives bravura piano performances When he hears the gate outside, however, he dash As posted on Outside of a DogBruce Ingman s When Martha s Away is another title that peaks behind the curtain of cat life Originally published in 1995, this is the story of Lionel who has some secrets to tell to his owner When she goes off to school, his schedule is packed full, and not just with catnaps Lionel reads the newspaper, works out, watches television, chats to his cousin Albert on the phone and even gives bravura piano performances When he hears the gate outside, however, he dashes back to the couch and pretends to be sleeping Ingman s book is presented as a confessional Lionel is addressing Martha directly Sometimes I play with your toys , and this familiarity makes it a very cozy book, despite the crazy things Lionel does The illustrations here are not going for realism, but instead a humorous fantasy Imagine, if you will, a striped ginger cat wearing a blue helmet driving a car around a little girl s bedroom I think you get the idea The very grown up secret life Lionel leads gave me a good chuckle or two, and though some of the jokes might go over a child s head, I can see many children having fun with Lionel s antics as well


  6. Eva Kelly Eva Kelly says:

    So now we know what some cats do during the day, but not ALL cats Because what MOST cats do all day is sleep, and then at night they party.But this cat s different, and he has lots of friends, and he goes along with their schedule.So I guess he sleeps at night, which is why that s when the MICE come out.So maybe what we need is TWO cats, so one can be up in the day and one can be up in the night.Except if they re friends they won t ever get to see each other.So I don t know WHAT you do about th So now we know what some cats do during the day, but not ALL cats Because what MOST cats do all day is sleep, and then at night they party.But this cat s different, and he has lots of friends, and he goes along with their schedule.So I guess he sleeps at night, which is why that s when the MICE come out.So maybe what we need is TWO cats, so one can be up in the day and one can be up in the night.Except if they re friends they won t ever get to see each other.So I don t know WHAT you do about that


  7. Marg Corjay Marg Corjay says:

    A bit confusing for younger children, they will not get some of the references of the cat s daily activities or care what he is doing Illustrations were dark colored and could be offputting to the toddler set.


  8. Julia Julia says:

    A tall tale by a cat about all the things she gets up to when the humans are away.


  9. Stefani Stefani says:

    Now we know what cats do while their owners are gone Cute, but nothing wonderful.


  10. Huda Fel Huda Fel says:

    A pet tells its keeper Martha about its daily life when she s away at school picturing the cat doing what a normal person does


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