The Adventures of Mittens: Wellington's Famous Purr-sonality
Join Mittens, Wellington's pawsome celebrity cat, on his real-life adventures in The Adventures of Mittens: Wellington's Famous Purr-sonality, a feline-fabulous picture book by Silvio Bruinsma and Phoebe Morris.
Meet Mittens, Wellington's world-famous cat-about-town. He has thousands of followers, a hit song, an exhibition of fan art, and with his exploring paws he brings joy to everyone he meets! Have you met Mittens? If not, it's only a matter of time.
Mittens is the most famous cat ever to parade the streets of Wellington with his noble nose and fabulously fluffy tail in the air. Mittens is on a mission to leave no corner of the CBD unexplored, no passerby unsmooched, no business, school or residence uninspected. He naps in shop windows, hails cars, crosses busy roads on the green light and, like any self-respecting cat, he lives for attention - but only when he's in the mood for it.
The Turkish Angora caught the the attention of the world when, just by being his inquisitive and charming self, his antics cheered up Wellingtonians during the 2020 lockdown. Wellington's mayor awarded Mittens a Key to the City and HRF (His Royal Floofiness) was even nominated for New Zealander of the Year!
Read all about Mittens' adventures around the capital city in this delightful rhyming story by Silvio Bruinsma, Mittens's guardian, with exuberant illustrations by the acclaimed illustrator and hippest of Wellingtonians, Phoebe Morris.
- Written by Silvio Bruinsma
- Illustrated by Phoebe Morris
- Paperback book
- 32 pages
- ISBN: 9780143775850
Silvio Bruinsma could never have imagined the path he had stepped onto when he convinced his wife to adopt a cheeky and playful Turkish angora kitten. Mittens’ penchant for exploring soon emerged, and Silvio realised that being his guardian would be more adventurous than expected.
When the Bruinsmas moved to a home on The Terrace in Central Wellington, Mittens’ habitual wanderings suddenly gained a high profile as the friendly, ever-curious cat strode into homes, apartments, office buildings and stores, smooching up to numerous passersby in the CBD. A fellow pet-lover who worked at the local SPCA set up a Facebook page, ‘The Wondrous Adventures of Mittens’, so that people who met him would know he was a cared-for family cat and have any of their concerns allayed, as well as offering Mittens fans a space to share selfies and stories with the community. This Facebook page now has more than 67,000 members from all around New Zealand and the globe.
Silvio, an accountant with a special interest in working with not-for-profit organisations, is now using his skills to ensure that Mittens' immense popularity is giving back to the community that loves him. He’s collaborated with us here at Wellington Museum on a ‘Floofy and Famous’ exhibition of Mittens fan art produced during New Zealand's pandemic lockdown in 2020. Proceeds from our Mittens merchandise raised funds for the local SPCA’s new kitten enrichment facility.