Anna McQuinn is an Irish author and editor of children's books with over 30 years of experience in children's books publishing. She studied English at University College Cork and holds a post-graduate diploma in Education, specialising in Children's Literature. Her seemingly simple yet deliberate style of writing is one of her strengths that brings all aspects of a subject together in the most poetic way.She has written over 25 picture books and is published worldwide in many languages. Her early years picture books are much valued by CLPE and BookTrust. Lulu Gets a Cat is in Empathy Lab's Collection and Lulu Reads to Zeki was listed in Top 10 Culturally Diverse Books for Toddlers & Infants by The Guardian. Lulu Loves the Library and Lulu Gets a Cat are in CLPE Core Books collections. Lulu's First Day and Zeki Gets a Checkup (mentioned in the Reflecting Realities report) are some of her latest titles. In 2018 Anna moved back to Ireland after living in London for many years. She continues to write and edit children's books - always inclusive and deliberately focussed on what matters to small children.
Lovereading4Kids; Andrea Reece; This is another lovely and inspiring adventure for Lulu, one of the busiest and most positive little girls in picture books. Lulu loves cats, we can see that from her bedroom which is full of cuddly cat toys, but Mummy says that looking after a real one is lots of work. They take a trip to the library to find books about caring for cats, and Lulu starts to practice at home. When she proves to Mummy that she's ready to take on cat ownership, they go to the cat shelter, where Lulu meets that cat that will become hers. Lulu is a little girl we can all look up to and this brims with her enthusiasm, effort and excitement, as well as a wonderfully warm sense of happy family life.; Books For Keeps; Sue McGonigle; Lulu really likes cats, she has several toy cats but would love a real one of her own. Mummy is not so sure, because cats are hard work. They go to the library to find out how to look after cats and then Lulu practices at home. Finally Mummy agrees and they visit a cat shelter to choose a cat, although in the end, the cat chooses them. Following advice from Jeremy at the cat shelter Lulu and her family prepare so that their new pet isn't too worried. Lulu names her Makeda after an African Queen. Lulu finds that after Makeda has had a chance to settle in they both enjoy playing, cuddling and sharing stories together.; This is a simple, warm story with appealing illustrations about adopting a new pet, the pleasure it can bring and the responsibilities it presents. The advice it contains is endorsed by the National Cats Adoption Centre. The trip to the library is a nice touch, linking this book to a previous Lulu story Lulu loves the Library. A great addition for fans and collectors of the popular Lulu series and perfect for young cat lovers and would be cat owners everywhere.; Library Mice - book blog; Picture Book of the Week; Lulu loves cats and is desperate for one of her own but her mum wants to ensure that Lulu knows that it takes a lot of work and commitment to look after one properly. I love that finding more about getting a kitten involves a trip to the library and reading books rather than looking on the internet, which is a potent image for children to be exposed to.A lovely story which will also delight those who don't want a cat... McQuinn has a real talent for creating stories that deal with childhood's important rights of passage and pitching them perfectly for the audiences. Teamed with Beardshaw's signature super pre-schooler-friendly art, the Lulu books really are essential to any child's shelf.