A dirty home, it’s cleaning day. An uneasy mom…
A mouse is scurrying away!
Rascal was a well-loved cat. He had a comfy cushion, delicious food, lots of treats and plenty of love … But despite all of that, the kitty wouldn’t hunt the mouse that chewed on everything! Fearing being taken to a shelter because of his laziness, Rascal decided to go after the terrible rodent. Will he be able to still stay at home and keep his treats and receive more love ?
“The Careless Kitty” is a story based on real events. The plot explores values such as helpfulness, family ties, cooperation, and, especially, caring for and loving pets. Also, the book supports a cause that’s very close to the author’s heart: animal care.
Besides supporting the animal cause, by purchasing this touching story, the child inside you and the children around you will laugh and have fun lots of fun. “The Careless Kitty” is definitely a must-have for all family and for children of all ages.
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Hi! I am Emanuel Lira and my pen name is Seth Clay. You might be asking yourself: “Why did this guy choose a pen name and not use his real name?” Well, it’s a sheer marketing strategy. I decided to choose “Seth Clay” because my hometown in Brazil is famous for its clay handcraft; so I tried to find a name that had to do with clay and stuff. I first thought about “Adam”, but that would sound too obvious, so I came up with “Seth”, who, in the Bible, was Adam’s son. And, besides, “Seth” is my favorite name in English. I asked an American friend what he thought and he liked it, so I went with it.
I am 40 years old and originally from Brazil. I’m an English teacher, a translator and now, a writer. I have a Degree in Language Teaching and went to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island where I got to study for a year as a Graduate student. I have always enjoyed cartoons, reading comics, video gaming and anything related to the geek culture. Before starting out as a children’s book author, I had written a chapter or two of a novel I had been working on, but quickly quit. I guess it just didn’t feel right to work on a book that just wouldn’t flow and have the right feeling.
“The Careless Kitty” is my first children’s book and It had been saved on my computer for two years before I finally decided to get it published. It was originally written in Portuguese – “O Gato Ingrato” – literally translated as “The Ungrateful Kitty”, a title I first thought about using, but later gave up because I’d been told the word “ungrateful” doesn’t sound very familar to a child, actually rather heavy. Anyway, I thought “careless” would be the perfect fit. The version in Spanish (Gato Ingrato) is pretty much the same as the one in Portuguese, except for a few slight changes. And the experience of publishing three titles almost simultaneously is surreal!
As of the story, it talks about Rascal (“Calvito” in Portuguese and Spanish), a lazy and careless cat that just sleeps on the sofa and won’t help mommy get rid of the mouse (Crumbles) that is terrifying her (Beth). The story is based on real events and it actually happened pretty much the same way as described in the book. (Calvin was his real name) was missing for almost a day before my friendly neighbor and I found him. The story explores traits such as love, family ties, friendship, animal care and is very fun and lovely. You and your kids will be in love with it!
I am super excited to share my experiences with you all. Lemme know what you and your kids thought about the book . I have other titles already in mind and can’t wait to get them all published.
Emanuel Lira (Seth Clay)