Nancy Hemmingson
About the illustrator
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Recommended age group : 4 to 8
Nancy Hemmingson
Nancy Hemmingson is a teacher and artist in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
Stanford Crow
Stanford Crow is the author of Lazy Hero Cat of Egypt, and Lazy Hero Cat and the Pirates. He is not a hero, but he would be if given half a chance by the hero establishment.
Stanford Crow Interview
Hello. You are a bird. How do you write?
Stanford Crow: Birds can see time and music. This makes us great storytellers.

But how do you write? Do you type with your beak?
Stanford Crow: I speak. The computer does the rest.

How do you work with the artist for your books, Nancy S. Hemmingson?
Stanford Crow: She is a hairless monkey, but not too stupid.

By 'hairless monkey' do you mean that she's a human being?
Stanford Crow: Yes. Like you. Nancy Hemmingson is also a teacher, which is tied for the second-most important job in the world.

What are the other two most important jobs?
Stanford Crow: Most important: Storytellers, like me. True stories, made-up stories. All stories. Tied for second-most important: People who figure things out, like Scientists, especially if they figure out new ways to clean up messes. Hairless apes are messy messmakers. In France they understand this. The call each other MESSiur instead of Mister.

Um...yes. Why do you tell the story of Lazy Hero Cat?
Stanford Crow: To expose the truth. People think he is a hero. Bubastis is a fine cat, a nice cat, but he is not a hero. He does everything he does by accident. Other animals really are heroes. For example, I am a bird of many talons and do amazing things on purpose. No one calls me a hero. It's not fair.

Umm...yes. Why don't you tell your own story then?
Stanford Crow: I am far too modest to ever boast about how wonderful I am. But I will keep exposing the truth about Lazy Hero Cat. The new book is called Lazy Hero Cat and the Pirates. I am also writing a book about TRUE animal heroes, Pet Shop Heroes. A cat, a puppy, a chameleon, and a guinea pig. The puppy can fly. That's good. And I will have a website, in which we talk more about the heroics and amazing superpowers of animals.

"Kids will really love this fun series."
Bubastis the cat is too lazy to see, smell, hear, taste or feel. So what happens when thieves sneak into his home in Egypt?
Lazy Hero Cat of Egypt is a funny adventure for children ages 4-8 that also explores the senses.
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  • 24 pages 4-color throughout
  • ePub date: May 23, 2013
  • Paperback Print
    ISBN 978-0-9885359-1-6 $7.50
  • Hardcover print ISBN 978-1-940021-01-1 $24, 7 x 10"
  • eBook: $1.99
  1. 1.
    Stanford Crow, author of Lazy Hero Cat claims that Bubastis is not really a hero, because he doesn't catch the thieves on purpose. What do you think?
  2. 2.
    Are the scarab beetles Bubastis' friends, or is he too lazy to have friends?
  3. 3.
    Did you find the 4 scarabs in every picture?
  4. 4.
    The book says that Bubastis is too lazy to see or hear or smell or feel. Those are four senses—but there are really five. Which one got left out?
  5. 5.
    How do you think Bubastis eats? Is he too lazy to chew?
  6. 6.
    What kinds of things are kept in Egyptian crypts? Why?
  7. 7.
    What do you think the thieves wanted to steal?
  8. 8.
    Do you have days when you feel lazy? What do you like to do when you feel lazy?
  • The artist put a nice colorful border around every picture. The borders are a kind of frame. Can you make a nice border or frame for one of your pictures?
  • The scarab beetles in the story are really nice, but hard to find. Can you can make your own scarab beetle from a paper plate?
"Funny and clever."
—Valerie Harmon, The Kindle Book Review
"Pure fun for kids."
Why We Love This Book
Bubastis the Lazy Hero Cat is not your typical hero. He thwarts bad guys while napping. Now at Bliss Group, we’re not huge fans of laziness (naps, however, are another story—we like naps). What we are fans of are strong individuals, and Bub is just that—himself. Bub just is. Nothing fazes him, neither fear nor praise. Is Bub a hero? Is a trickster like Anansi the Spider or Brer Rabbit a hero? Does Bub thwart the thieves entirely by accident? We don’t know for sure. But his laziness made us laugh, and the question of whether he’s heroic on purpose made us think. And the fun illustrations—with things to find—added to our fun.
We are big fans of tall stories at Bliss Group. Whoppers. Mostly because we think they’re fun. But also because we think there’s magic in a tall tale; magic that opens up the world. The impossible is part of the story. Like the playwright George Bernard Shaw said, “Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not?”
So a cat that naps his way to becoming a hero, why not?
—Amel Larrieux
—Laru Larrieux
—Alan Bradshaw
—Bliss Group Books
Reader Comments
"I liked it a lot!"
-- Lucy Bernardo, age 5,
"I liked the part where the thieves come and the lazy cat gets them into trouble."
--Molly Bernardo, age 7,