Friday, February 25, 2011

Square Deal

In Brief-February 24, Publishers Weekly
A Square Deal

First-time author/illustrator Elizabeth Schoonmaker recently stopped by Colgate Bookstore in Hamilton, N.Y., to promote her picture book Square Cat (Aladdin, Jan.), about Eula, a cat whose squarish figure causes problems—she’s prone to tipping over, certain outfits are very unflattering, and she feels like the odd cat out among her rounder friends. At the event, children created their own Square Cat costumes and illustrated their own versions of Eula. Schoonmaker also discussed her path to working in children’s books and signed copies of the book; the bookstore provided a “square meal” for attendees.

Friday, February 18, 2011

One Eula Square Cat, two Eula Square Cats, three Eula Square Cats.....

One Eula Square Cat, two Eula Square Cats,
three Eula Square Cats,
four, five, six seven, eight Eula Square Cats...
with two round cats, Patsy and Maude.
Purrfectly composed and colored
by Skylar from Nortre Dame Pre-K!
Bravo, Skylar!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Eula Square Cat Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review!

Thank you, Through the Looking Glass Children's Books Reviews!

Square Cat

Elizabeth Schoonmaker
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 2011 ISBN: 978-1442406193

Eula is a square cat, and more than anything she wishes that she was round like her friends Patsy and Maude. Eula’s squareness makes it impossible for her to fit in mouse holes, and when she tips over, she has a terrible time getting back up. Eula’s square shape makes it hard to her to find clothes that fit right or that look nice, and Eula gets so unhappy that she loses her purr.
Thankfully, Eula has two wonderful friends. Patsy and Maude are determined to cheer Eula up. At first they try to help Eula to feel as if she is round, but when that doesn’t work, they come up with another idea.
In this charming debut picture book by author and illustrator Elizabeth Schoonmaker, we meet a cat who is different, and who does not like the fact that she is different. With a little help from her loyal friends, she discovers that there are times when being different is actually an asset.

This heartwarming story will put a smile on reader’s faces, and it explores an important issue in a clever and thoughtful way.

Review Written by Marya Jansen-Gruber

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Spa Eula!

You may have noticed my new look after my visit to the Square Cat Salon and Day Spa with my friend Trudy.

Bigger ears, brighter eyes, sassy new paws and claws, a tight right angle tail, all highlighted by a new beehive hat and matching earrings! Purrfect!

Thank you, Trudy!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Eula Square Cat Flourless Chocolate Cake

Eula Square Cat Flourless Chocolate Cake

2/3 cup ground toasted sliced almonds
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Mix and pour into a 6x6 lightly greased square pan. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until done (about thirty minutes).
Sprinkle with confectionary sugar (I made sugar stars!).