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About the author


Ashley Podell is a mom, wife, cat lover and recovering actress. After years of corporate jobs, "The Little Cat that Zoomed" is a return to her creative roots. She is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Eyal Podell is a screenwriter best known for Pixar / Disney’s CARS 3, ANGRY BIRDS 2, Warner Animation’s SMALLFOOT and 2020 Scooby-Doo reboot SCOOB.  In addition to writing, Eyal is an accomplished actor. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

About the illustrator

Rebecca Montoya Dieppa is an actress, painter, and graphic designer living in Southern Cali. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico.

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The Little Cat That Zoomed
by Ashley Podell and Eyal Podell

Overview


The Little Cat That Zoomed is the story of a house cat named Sugar whose daily routine gets disrupted when the coronavirus forces her human family into lockdown. She's not happy with the changes, the loss of her privacy, and the incessant noise that ruin her daily naps. But when the boy introduces her to his class over zoom, her mind is blown. A previously untapped love of learning emerges as she discovers all the amazing things in the world. The Little Cat that Zoomed is a story of perseverance, adapting to change, and making lemonade out of lemons.
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Description


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.
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Overview


The Little Cat That Zoomed is the story of a house cat named Sugar whose daily routine gets disrupted when the coronavirus forces her human family into lockdown. She's not happy with the changes, the loss of her privacy, and the incessant noise that ruin her daily naps. But when the boy introduces her to his class over zoom, her mind is blown. A previously untapped love of learning emerges as she discovers all the amazing things in the world. The Little Cat that Zoomed is a story of perseverance, adapting to change, and making lemonade out of lemons.

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Description


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.

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Book details

Genre:JUVENILE FICTION

Subgenre:Animals / Cats

Language:English

Pages:38

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781098373917


Overview


The Little Cat That Zoomed is the story of a house cat named Sugar whose daily routine gets disrupted when the coronavirus forces her human family into lockdown. She's not happy with the changes, the loss of her privacy, and the incessant noise that ruin her daily naps. But when the boy introduces her to his class over zoom, her mind is blown. A previously untapped love of learning emerges as she discovers all the amazing things in the world. The Little Cat that Zoomed is a story of perseverance, adapting to change, and making lemonade out of lemons.

Read more

Description


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.

Read more

About the author


Ashley Podell is a mom, wife, cat lover and recovering actress. After years of corporate jobs, "The Little Cat that Zoomed" is a return to her creative roots. She is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Eyal Podell is a screenwriter best known for Pixar / Disney’s CARS 3, ANGRY BIRDS 2, Warner Animation’s SMALLFOOT and 2020 Scooby-Doo reboot SCOOB.  In addition to writing, Eyal is an accomplished actor. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

About the illustrator

Rebecca Montoya Dieppa is an actress, painter, and graphic designer living in Southern Cali. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico.

Read more

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Kira
The Little Cat That Zoomed My whole family absolutely adored this book! The story’s message is so sweet and optimistic. Sugar is delightful and funny and we are in love with her. We hope to read more of her adventures in the future! Read more
Ronnie
The Little Cat That Zoomed What an absolutely delightful story that resonates with young and old. It puts a positive spin on this difficult year by telling a story with such a creative and positive outlook on the reality that we all lived through. I can't wait to read what is next for Sugar! Read more
jjanis
A book for parents and children What an adorable story. Sugar is so lovable she makes you want to own a cat ! Language is perfect for children with subtleties to make adults smile.I loved this book. Read more
Allison
Great Read!!! We absolutely LOVE The Little Cat That Zoomed!! Such a fun, timely read. Our 2 year old can't get enough of Sugar!!!! Read more
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