Sam Francisco, King of the Disco

By (author): Sarah Tagholm

Illustrated by: Binny Talib

Winner of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award!

A fabulously fun rhyming picture book about what the David Bowie and Queen B of musical-loving cats do at night.

Superstar DJ Sam Francisco and his feline friends are throwing the best party in town. Unfortunately the music is keeping his grumpy neighbor Buzzkill Bill awake. Bill tries everything to shut it down—he sends dogs, then pest control, the fire department, and the police!

But with Sam’s talent for playing the right song at the right time, all of them end up joining the party. When Buzzkill Bill takes matters into his own hands will he finally get his way? Find out what really happens when your cat stays out all night!

Written in rhyming verse, this joyful celebration of dance, music, and self-expression begs to be read aloud over and over. Young readers and adults alike will delight in spotting musical genres and nods to musical stars past and present.

Sarah Tagholm and Binny Talib’s humor, charm, and energy will win over all readers—even Buzzkill Bills!


Sarah Tagholm

SARAH TAGHOLM fell in love with books as a child, followed by dance, traveling, and tagging sea turtles! She lives with her family, including her cat, Envelope, whose mysterious nightly adventures inspired this story. She lives in the UK.


Binny Talib

BINNY TALIB creates fantastic books for kids and fabulous wallpaper for grown-ups. Her family includes her dog, Paddington, who would love a cat disco. She lives in Australia.


  • Moonbeam Childrenu2019s Book Award 2023, Joint winner
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    32 Pages
    9.70in * 11.30in * .40in


    September 19, 2023


    Annick Press



    Book Subjects:

    JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Cats

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