Bella Up, Up, and Away by Ryan O'Rourke

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Amusing scenes of sleek Bella splashing in the water, constructing her sand castle, and flying with the gulls offer a different approach to adventure from those of portly Claude stretching after his nap, sleeping in the raft, and watching Bella soar above him. A delightful nautical and aerial feline caper.
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Bella is a curious cat who lives inside a lighthouse. When she meets a new friend, a cat named Claude, she invites him along for an adventure, only to find that he prefers warm sand to playing in the ocean, and likes naps more than defending sand castles from imaginary foes. When a strong wind sweeps Claude out to sea, Bella takes to the skies—borne aloft by a kite—to save him!

In this whimsical picture book, author-illustrator Ryan O’Rourke tells another story of Bella, the sweet and curious cat whose adventures are sure to delight kids.

O’Rourke’s distinctive artwork conveys the humor and curiosity of Bella and her friends. Sea dogs and landlubbers alike will delight in the beautiful seascapes inspired by O’Rourke’s summers on Cape Cod.

 

About Ryan O'Rourke

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Ryan O’Rourke is a full-time professor of illustration at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH. He attended the University of Hartford, where he received his BFA and MFA in illustration. Ryan’s inspiration for Bella, Lost and Found came from his adventurous cat, Bella, who always winds up hidden in unexpected places. Ryan’s artwork has appeared at the Society of Illustrators, and he has shown his work in numerous exhibitions around the country. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, Trish, and is a huge New England sports fan. You can visit Ryan O’Rourke online at www.ryanorourke.com. Author Image 1 Author Image 2
 
Published July 12, 2016 by HarperCollins. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Amusing scenes of sleek Bella splashing in the water, constructing her sand castle, and flying with the gulls offer a different approach to adventure from those of portly Claude stretching after his nap, sleeping in the raft, and watching Bella soar above him. A delightful nautical and aerial feline caper.

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