"From its clever and sophisticated premise to its poignant illustrations, Gata Unbound avoids the sentimentalism that often plagues humane education books and promises to succeed where others have failed. Crafted by a dream team of professionals, this series empowers children to become animal advocates by explaining how we can best improve the lives of animals who live among us. At a time when we need it most, these books inspire hope and send a clarion call to children and adults alike: Free roaming cats deserve our protection and TNR is the most effective and humane method to manage their populations and improve their lives."
— Caroline Griffin, Co-Founder, Show Your Soft Side
“Klein’s Weird Evening and Archimedes’ Ear are wonderful books that promote an understanding of community cats among children (and adults) of all ages. When the main character, Klein, wakes up feeling a bit under the weather, it becomes obvious that he has become part of a TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) program. Archimedes is his inventor cat friend who comes over to make him feel better. The two main cat characters are as charming as they are funny, and they provide a unique view of the world from the community cat perspective. The dialogue is hysterical, and I laughed quite loudly at several points. The illustrations are also lovely and they make you feel as if you can see the world from a community cat’s perspective. I will purchase several copies of this for kids in my family."
— Anne E. Beall, Author of Community Cats: A Journal Into the World of Feral Cats and Heroic, Helpful & Caring Cats: Felines Who Make a Difference
“What a creative and delightful series about cats and the notions of home and happiness. A beautifully illustrated series of clever and heartwarming stories. Being in animal welfare professionally, I so appreciated the important lifesaving topics being framed in color on the pages. The serious little touches about compassion and how we think about and live with cats were perfect. I can’t wait for the next books!”
— Tawny Hammond, National Director of Leadership Advancement, Best Friends Animal Society
Lucy Noland and S.J. Russell’s Gata Unbound is an engaging tale. As I read this humorous and enjoyable story, I found myself comparing Klein’s plight with that of a human who finds a tattoo boldly adorning a body part after a few too many the night before. I loved the drama of his discovery while the rodent population had great fun at his expense, and wondered just what his pal Archimedes could do to help him out. The authors do a grand job of bringing the two feline pals to life, giving them both complexity and personality. Kaity Lacy’s illustrations seem divinely inspired, or should I say felinely. Each panel is filled with bright, colorful images, making it hard to turn the page until every corner and tiny detail has been studied. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. Gata Unbound: A Series for Ailurophiles of All Ages is most highly recommended.
— Jack Magnus, Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review
In Gata Unbound: A Series for Ailurophiles of All Ages, Lucy Noland and S.J. Russell create a unique world with fascinating characters. The narrative is well-written, blending references to modern life and technology in a setting reminiscent of a fairy tale in which animals live as humans do. The character development is carefully crafted. You quickly grasp the nuances of a young Klein who admits he may have taken some bad catnip the night before, contributing to his confusion as to how he lost part of an ear. The older, steadier, philosophical Archimedes comes to his friend’s aid. The illustrations are colorful, expressive, and wonderfully detailed, even to page numbers being held by little mice. An amusing and entertaining story which can be enjoyed by young and old alike. I look forward to future volumes in the series.
— Kimberlee J Benart, Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review
In Gata Unbound, Susan Russell, Lucy Noland and Kaity Lacy have created an enchanting landscape, filled with charming, off-kilter characters and adventures worthy of a Wes Anderson film about felines!
— Jamie Cat Callan, Bestselling Author
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Gata Unbound Volume 1: Klein's Weird Evening & Archimedes' Ear