Blueskin the Cat

Blueskin enjoyed being a highwayman. He found being reincarnated as a cat terrifying. But when he sees the two brothers responsible for this transformation, he decides to plot his revenge. So begins his adventure as a cat on the High Seas, avoiding grumpy sailors, fighting pirates and surviving a storm, until they all finally arrive in America. There he learns the true nature of being a cat and how much better it is than being a highwayman.

      • Publisher : Footsteps Press (21 Jun. 2012)
      • Language : English
      • Paperback : 104 pages
      • ISBN-13 : 978-0956634931
      • Dimensions : 17.78 x 0.71 x 25.4 cm

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Amazon review
This thing weaves a spell! I was reading, the phone rang and I jumped! I had been so immersed in Blueskin's story, a hanged highwayman reincarnated as a slinky cat. A slinky cat having a hard time realizing that he is, indeed, a cat. In one breath a man and in the next, a stray, slinky cat on the streets in front of the very place where he met his human demise. Blueskin becomes an ambivalent sidekick with the very brothers who had a hand in his hanging. They gain a female companion and embark on sailing to the Americas in order to run from her father. A seasick Blueskin endures marauding pirates on the high seas as he tries to decide where he should place his loyalties. He comes to the realization that he likes himself better as a cat. There is no better way to sow a lifelong curiosity for the history of the world for a child than through a storybook. What I had read to me as a child stayed with me more than anything that came later. It became a part of me and helped engender my love of reading. What a magnificent gift to give a child. And Blueskin the Cat is so easy to fall in love with. It was such fun to read and so witty that you may end up quoting from it. The watercolors are enchanting in their simplicity. I loved the dark brooding stormy look of them. Blueskin and his companions go through a terrible storm which helps save them from the pirates, become shipwrecked, and realize that Blueskin could be much more than just a stray cat. They find themselves washed up on a beach.....I will leave you there. Mr. Benshana says that this work of his is his mother's favorite, all one needs to know. This is the first of a series. Imagine waiting for the next one! I'd wait in line.