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It's almost Christmas and Scalawag the cat decides to write Santa a series of letters to clear up any misunderstandings about unfortunate incidents that occurred over the past year -- and of course, to express his Christmas gift wish: a Catman and Robin video game!
But when the Christmas tree catches fire, and Miss Violet (Scalawag's ever-loving caretaker) ends up in the emergency room, Scalawag gets a new perspective on things. He writes to Santa asking him to forget about the video game, and instead asks him to bring a different gift . . . one that expresses the true warmth and spirit of Christmas.
Author Norma Lewis lives in Grand Haven, Michigan, with a cat coincidentally named Scalawag. He did not inspire the cat-astrophic shenanigans described in this or any other book, but she knows he could and lives in fear that he will. This is Norma's fifth book for children. Illustrator Olivia Beckman worked for years in graphic design and magazine layout until one day her inner little bird whispered to her that it was time to focus on the type of illustration that inspired her to study the Fine Arts in the first place -- children's art! She feels very lucky to illustrate children's books -- and especially loves drawing people doing everyday activities, animals with fluffy fur, and mischievous cats.
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