The Best Cat, the Est Cat

The Best Cat, the Est Cat tells the story of a mysterious talking cat who takes two children and readers on a rollicking adventure through the State Library. They’re chased by ghosts and discover incredible historical treasures, before finally learning the Best Cat’s secret.

The Best Cat, the Est Cat book cover

The Best Cat, the Est Cat book cover

On your journey with the Best Cat, you’ll see the giant floor map, a one hundred year old message in a bottle, a necklace made of hair and other thrilling curiosities kept in the Library! Young readers will also learn about the dedicated people who work here, keeping history and knowledge alive.

With hidden corridors, stairs and underground stacks, the Library  is the perfect place for an adventure. 

The Best Cat, the Est Cat was written by Australian award-winning author Libby Hathorn, and illustrated by Rosie Handley.

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The Best Cat, The Est Cat: Teachers notes

Bring the book to life with a range of activities for the primary classroom.

Q&A with author Libby Hathorn

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Q&A with illustrator Rosie Handley

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Meet the Best Cat at the Library, and the team behind the book.

The Best Cat, the Est Cat - trailer

Introducing The Best Cat, the Est Cat
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Writing ‘The Best Cat, the Est Cat’

Writing The Best Cat, the Est Cat with Libby Hathorn
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Collaging ‘The Best Cat, the Est Cat’ with Rosie Handley

Illustrating The Best Cat, the Est Cat with Rosie Handley
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The Best Cat, the Est Cat

Author Libby Hathorn reads The Best Cat, the Est Cat
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