Kathy Caple Author and Illustrator

Picturebook/Easy Readers
During a visit to the zoo, Pop and Sam grow tired but while they are napping not only does the zoo close for the day but the animals come out to play -- with Pop's cell phone.
Duck and Rat's bookstore is busy as Christmas approaches and everyone buys gifts and celebrates.
Easy Readers
Duck and Rat work hard helping their customers at Duck & Company Bookstore.
Blanche and Otis are sheep who enjoy each other's friendship from autumn through spring.
Picture Books
Having the biggest nose school is no joke, especially when everyone wants to measure it.
Worm tries to earn money in order to buy a paint set that will help him enter an art contest.
On the wintry day when her drama club has a mishap on the way to see a play in the city, Hillary is glad she has bundled up her warmest snow gear.
Hillary lets her true self shine in an audition.
After spending her money on a purse, Katie is now faced with the problem of getting some money to put into it.
Arnold and his sister Rose give two bullying classmates a taste of their own medicine when Arnold decides he doesn't have to be a wimp anymore.
When Hank and Zoey's sister Dory kick them out of their wading pool on a hot summer day, two boys find a way to get even.
Brand New Readers
Whether writing, measuring, tap-dancing, or canoeing, favorite character Termite finds new ways to get into trouble!
Four little stories about Termite and his pal Ostrich.
There's a lot more to this Worm than meets the eye, in these four tiny episodes.
This is no ordinary Worm! His limitations never stop him.

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Reviews and Recommendations

"Duck and Rat co-own a bookstore, and this easy reader's five chapters offer a charming glimpse into the highs and lows of their workaday life. When Cat comes in looking for "a book that tells how to cook rats," Rat hides. Enterprising Duck sells him a book on carrots, which are sure to make his fur shine. Mother Hen squeaks in with a pram full of eggs, leaving with the boredom-busting Terror Tales to Make Your Feathers Pop Out. Caple's ink-and-gouache pictures furnish funny, easily interpreted scenes of retail life, including a stampede of little critters arriving for the forgotten story hour. ("Don't worry," Rat assures Duck. "You can wing it.") Kids might envy these entrepreneurs: Each gets to take the brand-new title in the "Cliff-Hanger" series home to read. So what if the bleary pair sleeps through the following day without selling a thing? Time does whiz by "when you're doing what you love." Snap this one up–it's sure to fly off the shelves."
–Kirkus

...There are tons of visual clues embedded in the ink and gouache illustrations to help burgeoning readers work their way through the text, and a multitude of vignettes, partial-page panels, and lively spot art illustrations keep page layout exciting and reading unintimidating.
–The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Author Caple has written a funny book that young readers will enjoy reading again and again. Colorful pen-and-ink drawings illustrate the text.
–Children's Literature

Lively pen-and-ink and gouache illustrations complement the humor in this enjoyable take on "doing what you love."
–The Horn Book Guide

...Charming illustrations done in pen, ink, and gouache echo the text's humor and draw in even the most reluctant readers.
–School Library Journal

Fans of quirky humor will appreciate these short episodes from the bookshop Duck & Company.
–CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2008)

DUCK & COMPANY, Holiday House, 2007
ISBN 9780823419937