Stanford Crow
About the author
Nancy S. Hemmingson
About the illustrator
Recommended age group : 3 to 7
Stanford Crow
Stanford Crow is not a superhero – so they say! – but he is the author and creator of Pet Shop Heroes and Lazy Hero Cat. He has traversed the world several times, but now can usually be found in Brooklyn, NY.
Nancy S. Hemmingson
Nancy S. Hemmingson is a teacher and artist in Mt. Pleasant, MI. She is the illustrator for all the Lazy Hero Cat stories.
"Pure fun for kids" -- Bergers Book Reviews
Bubastis the cat is too lazy to get up in the morning and too lazy to go to sleep at night—and yet he has great adventures!
From facing tomb-robbers in Egypt to pirates and sharks on the high seas to a fearsome dragon, Bubastis naps through danger at every turn! How can he be so lazy and still come out on top?
Lazy Hero Cat: The Rise of the Nap includes three stories--"Lazy Hero Cat of Egypt," "Lazy Hero Cat and the Pirates," and "Lazy Hero Cat and the Dragon"-- full of humor and excitement.
  • 68 pages, four-color throughout
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/2”
  • Hardcover $19.00 ISBN 978-1-940021-18-8
  • Paperback $8.99 ISBN 978-1-940021-23-2
  • Paperback & Hardcover Pub date: Dec 18, 2015
  • eBook $2.99 ISBN 978-1-940021-21-8
  1. 1.
    Stanford Crow, author of Lazy Hero Cat, says that Bub is not really a hero, because he doesn't do anything heroic on purpose. The pirates do think he's a hero. What do you think?
  2. 2.
    The little blue scarab beetle, Bickaclickamicka, is in every picture, but sometimes she's hard to find. Can you find her?
  3. 3.
    The beginning of the story says that Bub is too lazy to go to sleep at night—is that possible?
  4. 4.
    Can you think of anything that it is impossible to be too lazy to do?
  5. 5.
    There is a black bird in many of the pictures. Who do you think the bird is?
  6. 6.
    Do you think the rats are Bub's friends? Why?
  • Can you speak pirate? The captain speaks strangely—but it is very close to English. If you look very closely at his words (and the translation that follows), can you break the code of how he speaks? For example, the first thing he says is "Carrrtch terrr shirrrps rarrrgh!" which means "Catch the ships rats!" "Catch" became "Carrrtch," but "the" became "terrr." Can you figure out the pattern?
  • At the start of the book, Bub is in Egypt. Can you find Egypt on a map? What sea do you think Bub is floating in when the pirates pick him up?
  • Art project: It would be fun to have a pirate hat. This website has easy instructions:
    Don't forget to color it!
Lazy Hero Cat: The Rise of the Nap
This book is funny and kids will love it. Bub is a loveable protagonist that just wants to do nothing. By the end of the book, kids will be rooting for Bub and wondering how he's going to get out of this one. The author does a great job making Bub's laziness charming and allowing a chain of events to lead to a conclusion.

Bubastis or Bub is a lazy cat... a very lazy cat who always seems to do exactly what needs doing accidentally, of course. In this set of three stories, illustrated with cute pictures, you learned to fall in love with Bub and his shenanigans.

This was a cute book designed for 3rd to 4th graders. My nine year old had little trouble reading it and thought it was fun. He loved his adventure with the dragon.

If you like cats or just need a fun book to read with your kids, don't pass this one up.

Vividly illustrated and adorable, funny and endearing.

Lazy Cat Bubastis lazes his way through three completely different fantastic adventures, sure to captivate people of all ages. And I am not even a cat person!

Critter Bee

Loved this folk tale story about the laziest cat ever who ends up being a hero any way! This advanced readers copy had three stories of the cat's adventures (if you could call them that). He sleeps in an Egyptian tomb, on a pirate ship, and in a castle and each time unwittingly saves the day. I thought they were hilarious and the art work has a strong graphical element that lends itself well to the genre.

I simply loved this book and my girls did too (ages 6, 7, and 9). It kept them entertained and finding the scarabs helped too. =) I give this one five out of five.

I think children will really like this book as it is silly and looking for the scarebs will make you really look at the illustrations.

Carla Johnson-Hicks , teacher/librarian

A fantastic book that has four tales of a very lazy cat. However Bubastis, the lazy cat always end up being on top! It's great entertainment! A fun book to read regardless of your age! The illustrations are excellent.

Susan Mahaffey
Why We Love This Book
Bubastis the Lazy Hero Cat is back, and he’s still not your typical hero. The things we loved in Lazy Hero Cat of Egypt are still here: Bub naps his way through the whole adventure, never bothering anyone, never getting upset. He doesn’t notice his enemies. He always stays true to himself. The story is another tall tale, and still funny. And this story gave us some new things to play with. The kids we read it with pretended to nap like Bubastis and worked out how to talk like the pirates. They studied the details of the drawings to find Bub’s dung beetle friend, Bickaclickamicka. We also love how, from the first adventure to this one, Bubastis seems to get along with almost everyone, and is accidentally (?) building a family or community (or army?)—a dung beetle from Egypt, rats from the ship. What’s next?
“To like many people [or animals] spontaneously and without effort is perhaps the greatest of all sources of personal happiness."—Bertrand Russell

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