Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Quad-City Press (November 9, 2011)
The Christmas Cats in Silly Hats is a Dr. Seuss-like book, with rhyming wisdom, sly humor and colorful characters that will help parents teach their young children that success in life is about learning to get along and work cooperatively. The cats of the story must learn to share and put aside their petty catty spats, in order to be happy and successful. Written for the author’s two-year-old granddaughters, Ava and Elise Wilson, with the assistance of two talented young illustrators (one, the girls’ nanny from Venezuela, Emily Marquez),The Christmas Cats in Silly Hats employs a whimsical, non-preachy style, using the rivalry and friendship between two cats to teach a valuable life lesson.
The lesson? It is better to learn to cooperate and to share in order to get along in life than it is to be mean and to fight. Andrew Weinert began the illustrations for the book when still a high school student in 2004. Due to a series of circumstances beyond the authors’ control, the book languished for eight years until after Elise and Ava Wilson were born in January of 2009. The girls’ Venezuelan au pair, Emily Marquez, offered to help bridge the areas of the story that had changed with the passage of time. Now, the book was not just about two cats, but—indirectly—about two children, twin girls, who should learn to be nice to one another.