The LITTLE CAT THAT ZOOMED began as an attempt to commemorate a small part of husband and wife writing team's experience during this historic and insane time. Ashley and Eyal Podell had been working from home together since Jan 2020. When COVID hit and everything shut down, Ashley was put on furlough and a few months later fired. During that time, Ashley not only became a full time stay at home Mom but also, like many parents, was looking for a creative outlet and an opportunity to turn the lemon's of the lockdown into some kind of lemonade.
Their cat named Sugar would jump on the kids desks and sit with them during their school zooms. Early on in the lockdown, their son introduced Sugar to his 5th grade class and they all loved her — even the teacher knew her name. They began taking pictures of it and texting them to our parents. Ashley's mother, a former teacher, was all alone in Philly, and suggested they write a children's book about it. Something just clicked. Ashley wrote a first draft, collaborated with Eyal to fine tune the story and were then lucky to bring Rebecca Montoya Dieppa (a talented artist and friend) on to the team to do the most incredible art. This book is a love letter to children everywhere and an acknowledgment of how strong and resilient they were during this time.