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  • Published: 1 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143786368
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $24.00

The Adventures of Catvinkle

Elliot Perlman’s first book for children is a tail-spin of a tale that will have you howling with laughter!

When a pampered cat has to share her home with a lost dog, sparks are set to fly. To her surprise, Catvinkle starts to like Ula. She even tells Ula her three secrets. But a cat and a dog can’t be friends – can they?

A tail-spin of a tale that will make you howl with laughter – and remind you that if you aren’t open to adventure, you might never meet your best friend.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143786368
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $24.00

About the Authors

Elliot Perlman

Elliot Perlman’s Three Dollars won the Age Book of the Year Award, the Betty Trask Award (UK), the Fellowship of Australian Writers' Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn-Rhys/Mail On Sunday Book of the Year Award (UK) as well as for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Elliot Perlman also co-wrote the screenplay for the film of Three Dollars, which received the Australian Film Critics' Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as well as the A.F.I. Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Reasons I Won't Be Coming, a collection of stories, was a bestseller in the US where it was named a New York Times Book Review 'Editors' Choice' and received the Steele Rudd Award for the best Australian short story collection in its year of publication.

Perlman's second novel, Seven Types of Ambiguity, was a bestseller in France where it was described as 'one of the best novels of recent years, a complete success'(Le Monde). In Germany it was called a 'literary sensation' (Deutschlandradio), 'an impressive, iridescent all-encompassing view of feeling' (Der Spiegel), and described as having "the virtues of the great modern European novel' (Süddeutsche Zeitung). It was a bestseller in the United States where it was described as having 'traces of Dickens's range and of George Eliot's generous humanist spirit' (New York Times) and named a New York Times Book Review 'Editors' Choice', a New York Times Book Review 'Notable Book of the Year' and a Washington Post 'Editors' Choice' as well as one of its all-time dozen favourites 'on the pain of love'. In the UK it was described as 'a colossal achievement….a tour de force…(in which) at the end, in a comprehensive, an almost Shakespearian way, Perlman picks up every loose thread and knots it' (The Observer) and named a Sunday Telegraph 'Book of the Year'. In Australia it was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award as well as for the Queensland Premier's Award for Fiction.

Elliot Perlman is the recipient of the Queensland Premier's award for Advancing Public Debate and has been described by the Times Literary Supplement (UK) as 'Australia's outstanding social novelist', by Le Nouvelle Observateur (France) as the 'Zola d'Australie' and by Lire (France) as 'the classic of tomorrow', one of the '50 most important writers in the world'.

His most recent novel is the national bestseller, The Street Sweeper.

Praise for The Adventures of Catvinkle

“The themes of social inclusion, anti-racism and anti-bullying are treated gently in this delightful, easy-to-read story . . . There are many quirky, humorous moments . . . A huge bonus are the simple, whimsical, line-drawings by Laura Stitzel.”

Pauline Hosking, Magpies

“A charming and whimsical tale . . . There are gentle lessons in here about empathy, bravery and friendship, but it’s also simply a delightful and easy-to-read story with laugh-out-loud dialogue that doesn’t talk down to its readers. Although the book is aimed at nine- to eleven-year-olds, parents will enjoy reading this book with younger children too.”

Hannah Cartmel, Books + Publishing

“Readers familiar with Perlman's intellectually and physically hefty novels might be surprised by this gently charming book for children . . . This is exactly the sort of book I loved being given as a child, a book you can cherish as a physical object as well as for its content.”

Sydney Morning Herald

“The subtle themes of anti-racism, anti-bullying, acceptance, tolerance, friendship and loyalty are delivered in a wonderfully funny story . . . Readers from around eight years upwards will delight in this magical story of animals whose lives seem to mirror those of humans.”

Sue Warren, losangzopa.wordpress.com

“This whimsical and heart-warming story filled with lots of laughs and larger than life characters tells the story of a cat and dog while also exploring important themes around friendship and exclusion, ultimately reminding children that even the most unlikely of people can become great friends . . . A gorgeous book guaranteed to give great joy, you could easily curl up with your little one to read it together. Equally, independent readers 8+ years will love it.”


“This book made me laugh out loud and has wonderful stories of adventure, bravery and friendship.”

Gemma, age 10, Kids' Reading Guide 2018-2019

“The girls and I have greatly enjoyed The Adventures of Catvinkle this last week, in fact I would go so far as to say that it has been our favourite read aloud for bedtime books in a long time. Two-time Miles Franklin-shortlisted author Elliot Perlman has turned his considerable talent to children’s books and his skill with language and prose is evident.”

Megan Daley, childrensbooksdaily.com

“Children aged 8 to 11 years will enjoy this novel for its characters, plot, humour and ideas, and it will also be critically admired. It's a wise, thoughtful book that is also engaging and fun . . . The writing and structure of The Adventures of Catvinkle is intelligent and dense yet told with a light touch. Elliot's first objective is to make children and their parents laugh and smile. He wants to entertain them and keep them turning the pages.”

Joy Lawn, childrensbooksdaily.com

“It all sounds outlandish but the story works well and all the escapades are entertaining and fun . . . This is a fun story written for 8 to 11 year olds.”

Jane Moore, ReadPlus

“Perlman has been shortlisted twice for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and his skill with putting words onto paper is very evident - this story, while intended for young independent readers, engages adults so it makes a perfect bedtime read-aloud to younger children too.”

Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian, thebottomshelf.edublogs.org

“Filled with the most amazing (and in some cases downright crazy) dog and cat characters you'll find outside The Aristocats, this is brilliant writing for younger readers from Elliot, with more than a few tongue in cheek moments poking fun at the great and good (which we of course love to bits) . . . Awesome, original and a brilliant read!”


“A very beautiful hardback keepsake. It's Perlman's first book for children and will be perfect to read aloud or for a quiet reading interlude during all the festivities.”

Margaret Hamilton, Pinerolo Newsletter

“This is the sort that becomes an instant children’s classic, that you enjoy as much as the little ones you know, and that you start giving as a gift because of its inherent, feel-good message”

Sunday Age (M Magazine)

“Featuring an inventive cast of characters, from cats and dogs to a backgammon-playing llama, this quirky chapter book with black-and-white illustrations celebrates diversity and encourages inclusivity. At its core is the fundamental message that friendship should be extended to everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from.”


Awards & Recognition

  • The Children's Peace Literature Award

    Shortlisted • 2019 • Young Readers

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards

    Notable Book • 2019 • Younger Readers

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