Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?

Pussy Cat cover - CopyIllustrated by Rae Maté


In the classic nursery rhyme, Pussycat travels to London to visit the Queen.

But where else does Pussycat go?

These vivid, dreamy poems and illustrations reveal the rest of Pussycat’s adventures. The trip takes readers to far-flung, magical places of the world and also deeper into Pussycat’s heart, as they learn what he wishes for, what soothes his sorrow, where he hides when he is scared, and what happens when he gets lost.

Shortlisted for:

  • CCBC Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2012
  • BC Book Prize – Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize 2012
  • Rainforest of Reading Award 2013
  • Chocolate Lily Award 2012-2013


“This book may stray from the path of tradition by rewriting an old classic, but it does so with an infallible inner compass. The result is a tour de force that is sure to become a classic.”

Quill & Quire, May 2011

“… the child enjoying this book is most likely to be wholly caught up in Maté’s Chagall-esque colours and dream-like combinations of the surreal and the cozy.”

The Toronto Star, May 21, 2011

“Bar-el’s gift as a storyteller is evident throughout. The rhythm and rhyme of this story will make it a wonderful read aloud or pleasurable for a child to read on their own.”

“Resouce Links Review, October, 2011


Pussycat insert photo - Copy