#Caturday – Pickles the Fire Cat

THE FIRE CAT by Esther Averill was #4 Daughter’s favorite book when she was wee, or one of her favorites. One of my favorites to read to her, too. I was sorry when she grew up enough to read it to herself (it’s an early-reader book), but sometimes I read it to myself!

Pickles is a spotted cat who lives in a barrel. He has no inner resources, so he fills his days being mean to other cats. The house cats don’t like him, for obvious reasons. Through an impeccable and ironic chain of circumstances, he’s adopted by a fireman and achieves his potential.

What’s not to love? Strong characterization, internal growth and change, air-tight plotting…. This book has it all! And the pictures are great, too! Note, on the cover, the clear dichotomy between the bricks and the sky, the imprisonment of feline wickedness and the freedom of feline altruism, with the firepole as the dividing line! Very striking.

THE FIRE CAT is available at Amazon, practically for free. But I don’t have any deals with Amazon, so look for it elsewhere, if you’d rather.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write a scene in which a character has a major turning point.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “#Caturday – Pickles the Fire Cat

  1. Jessica Nunemaker

    January 5, 2013 at 2:48pm

    Would you believe I added it to our reading list for next year for Kid #1 like, oh, last week?!? It looks really cute. We might even fit it in sooner than that. 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      January 5, 2013 at 4:38pm

      Jessica, I love that book so much! It’s great to read TO a child who isn’t up to reading alone yet. 🙂

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