Find out what internet sensation ‘Bruce the Cat’ did next in thrilling sequel



Kathryn van Beek

Published by Mary Egan Publishing, 15 August 2020, RRP: $20.00


Newborn kitten Bruce became an overnight internet sensation, when he was scooped up from an Auckland street by award-winning short story writer Kathryn van Beek.  Turning ‘Bruce the Cat’s’ dramatic rescue into bestselling children’s book Bruce Finds a Home, van Beek has now written a sequel – Bruce Goes Outside.

Kate’s tiny kitten wants to go outside.  He struggles with the cat flap, annoys a bird . . . and ends up on the wrong side of the fence. What will Kate do? 

Hear what mischief happens when Bruce wanders outside for the first time in Kathryn van Beek’s charming illustrated story, Bruce Goes Outside.  Told in memorable rhyming verse, the real-life kitten featured in van Beek’s book was once a tiny waif of a creature, who had to be bottle-fed around the clock.  Now, he’s grown up to be big and strong, and just a little bit naughty.

‘Bruce the Cat’ now has thousands of kind-hearted followers all over the world and is living happily with his human handlers, and ‘big sister’ Jager, who is also a rescue cat.   You can find out more about Bruce, his life and adventures here: and

Kathryn van Beek is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most intriguing contemporary voices.  Her two illustrated children’s books about ‘Bruce the Cat’ are warm and engaging.

KATHRYN VAN BEEK grew up in Christchurch and has an MA Creative Writing from Victoria University’s Institute of Modern Letters.  She won the MiNDFOOD Short Story Competition 2019 and the Headland Short Story Prize 2015.  Kathryn’s story ‘The Nor’Wester’ was highly commended for The Sargeson Prize and is about to be published in short story collection PET Stories.

Kathryn is a successful playwright, who has lived and worked all over New Zealand, including stints in Auckland, Wellington and the Wairarapa.  She now resides in Dunedin where is studying for her doctorate.  For more:

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