Winning Year: 1976
Illustrator: Gail E Haley
Title: The Post Office Cat

Original Publisher: Bodley Head
Current Publisher:
Out of print

Searching for a home, Clarence the cat arrives at the local post office at an opportune time - it's overrun with rats and mice. This means there is employment.



Gail Einhart Haley was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1939. Her father was the art director of the Charlotte Observer and she used to visit him at his newspaper offices. She said. "In the art department and pressrooms I soaked up the exciting smells and sounds of the graphic arts. I've had printer's ink and rubber cement in my veins ever since."

She always loved writing and drawing, studying at Richmond Professional Institute after leaving school. Subsequently she studied graphics and painting at the University of Virginia. Her first book My Kingdom for a Dragon (1962) was printed from her own wood and linoleum blocks prints of bold design. She bound and sold most of the limited edition of 1000 herself.

She married Jospeh A. Haley in 1959, after their divorce she married Arnold Arnold in 1966. They lived in England from 1973 to 1980 when Gail published The Post Office Cat.

They now live in New York and have a collection of children's books and toys which are housed at Jackson, Florida, Children's Museum.




This is a real gem of a book. I love cats so really enjoyed this as there is nothing a cat likes more than chasing mice

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