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'Alley Cat Rally' is a children's picture book by Ricky Trickartt. It's a story about a cat who makes a racing car out of a washing machine, but it's also really about the joy of making things, girls pursuing STEM projects, and the power of diverse ideas.
Asta the cat is on a mission: to be the greatest racer her neighbourhood has ever seen. She needs to show those alley cats who the real slow pokes are! And what better opportunity than the Kibble Hill Rally?
Using a bit of ingenuity and a washing machine, Asta's ready to take on the other racers, but can she compete with Marvin's souped-up shopping basket or Anton's sleek sportscar and win the race?
Buckle up for this lively tale from Ricky Trickartt about the importance of getting stuck in, even when your dreams might feel out of reach...
Asta is the star of the story! She uses her ingenuity to show the other alley cats who is the fastest racer in Kibble Hill
Anton is the neighbourhood flirt. He wants to be a movie star
Anna runs the local aquarium and is never far from a fish
Cheese Denise had a job at the deli until her boss did a stock-check
Jelle moved to Kibble Hill from the Netherlands when he was a kitten, and is the longest cat anyone has ever met
Professor Kim studied robotics at the University of the North Sea
Ludlow likes to think of himself of a gourmand, but really he would eat anything
Marvin is the local ...is that a bird?!
...and Whiskers thinks he can do anything if he puts enough paw-power into it
Ricky hooked up a tiny washing machine that will spin any time someone visits one of the Bookshop preorder pages. You can watch a short video of it being made here:
Watch Ricky make a plush Asta from Alley Cat Rally:
There are a series of reaction gif stickers available on social media services that are powered by Giphy (e.g. Instagram Stories). Just search for Alley Cat Rally!
Ricky Trickartt is a graphic artist from London. Described as ‘relentlessly creative’, Ricky has created hundreds of album covers, drawn thousands of daily post-it notes, and likes tinkering with printmaking, soft toys, and some very basic robotics. Alley Cat Rally is his first children’s picture book.
'Alley Cat Rally' is published by Flying Eye Books and will be available in the UK from 1 April 2021 and the USA from July 6 2021.