Media Kit : Meow Is Not a Cat
Meow Is Not Cat is a flight of folly starring a cynical cat, monkeys, butt jokes, a banana cannon, and a kid named Meow. Many stories about neurodiverse kids feature adults “correcting” them. In this story, Meow changes an adult’s perspective.
Nestled in the laughs is a lesson on how embracing different interpretations of the world can yield fabulous results.
“An appealingly offbeat book with a strong message about appreciating unusual thinking.”
“[A] valuable reference for introducing the concept of neurodivergence… ”
—The Children’s Book Review
4.6 stars on Amazon ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kindle New Release Bestseller list in Children’s Humorous Literature
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Neurodiverse kids are often labeled naughty, distracted, loud, difficult, or rude. Many stories about these kids end with an adult coming to the rescue to “correct” them. Not in this story. Instead, it’s Meow who helps an adult change their perspective.
Meow is never gendered. Readers can identify with Meow however they wish: girls see an adventurous spirit like themselves; boys see a creative soul like themselves; and non-binary kids enjoy a light-hearted laugh free from stereotypes.
All Kelly Tills books are dyslexia friendly. This book uses techniques to make reading a more comfortable: a dyslexia-friendly font; no stark white pages to reduce glare; ample text size and spacing to avoid crowding.
Celebrating Different Brains
Every child interprets the world in their own way. Even more so for kids who think differently. They often get labeled naughty, distracted, loud, difficult, or rude.
Too many stories about these kids end with an adult coming to the rescue to “correct” them. Not in this story.
Instead, in this completely whacky kids’ book about being unique, it’s Meow who helps an adult change their perspective. This book paints the picture of what life is like from the perspective of one neurodiverse child.
Meow Is Just Like Me
Meow is never once gendered in the book. Gender isn’t the topic, but neither is it an issue. By not telling readers Meow’s gender, they are free to see in Meow whoever they wish: girls can see an adventurous spirit like themselves; boys can see a creative soul like themselves; non-binary kids get to enjoy a light-hearted laugh free from heavy gender stereotypes.
And it works. Check out the diversity in these quotes from advanced reader reviews:
- “I loved this book! It is the story of Meow- a school going boy, who wears a cap with cat ears, and processes things a little differently than his classmates.”
- “This was a sweet and silly look at a little girl who is called Meow, but she stresses that she is NOT a cat. She wears a cat hat and marches to the beat of her own drum.”
- “What a charming little gem! Great representation with Meow being neurodiverse and (as the book description hints) gender non-conforming/non-binary!”
All of these people are right.
Learn from the Kids
Hey parents and caregivers, are you confused? How on earth can so much happen in a single book? Why are the monkeys roaming free? What does “dancing like a flat-footed duck on a hotplate” even mean? And where on earth did that banana cannon come from?
These are all excellent questions. You should ask the kids. Guaranteed there will be no two answers alike, and that’s exactly how it should be.
Size: 8.5″ x 8.5″
Published: April 2022
Publisher: Good With Crayons, an imprint of FDI Publishing
All formats & eBook available on Amazon
About Kelly Tills
Kelly is the creator of her own uniquely shaped family. She writes silly, funny books for kids. Feminism, inclusion, and potty humor are her jam.
Kelly’s made a game of teaching her kids how to spot bad old ideas, which has led to a family list of children’s books which support modern values. Some favorites are Julian is a Mermaid, Boys Wear Pink and, of course, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.
Kelly’s children’s stories are perfect to read aloud to your little humans, or to have your older kids read themselves (hey, let them flex those new reading skills!). The books she produces are dyslexia-friendly.
“I believe kids are fabulously weird, and their stories should be too.”
“When my first child was born, we were given an entire collection of classic books. I was thrilled to share these stories from my own childhood with my daughter, but that excitement quickly dampened as I opened them up: racism, misogyny, body-shaming, you name it. Even the young white males who are held on a pedestal are fed heart-breakingly toxic ideas. I started writing because I was tired of constantly changing words or addressing out-dated ideas on the fly.”
“You don't need to have a dyslexic brain to be a dyslexia advocate. You just need to be willing to put in a little effort so that every child that is capable of succeeding, does. It takes a village.”
I’m happy to answer questions or provide original materials. [email protected] — +1 650-762-9060