Helga Kleisny

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The edition of My First Cat in German was 10000 copies.

My first cat was the second book I wrote. Funnily enough, it was offered to me by the publisher through an agent, while I was writing the first one: With the Mac on the Internet (as an assignment for a Swiss publisher of technical books). So along the lines of, "You have cats, can't you write a book about keeping cats?"

The challenge was not only to write the two quite different books at the same time, but also the spelling. Because in Switzerland there are partly different expressions - which the editor then edited for me. And there is no sharp "ß" in Swiss German, but conveniently only the double "s". So I wrote two books at the same time in "two" languages and with quite different content and style.

The translation into French is great. It captures my style perfectly. Auzou is still very successful today, which is not true of the German publisher: it has gradually been absorbed into larger and larger publishing houses.

Auzou Publishing is a well established French publishing house, that was established in 1970. Auzou delights in creating books that excite children thanks to the collaboration of talented authors and illustrators.