Smarty Pants, Kitty or Tiger?

Smarty Pants, Kitty or Tiger?’, a book of stories and artwork by women and children who stayed at McAuley Care, will be launched on 25 October by Liana Buchanan, Victorian Commissioner for Children and Young People.


The book is a powerful and moving collection of drawings and narratives which give a voice to children who have been traumatised by violence in the home.

The book has been coordinated by Nicole Rotaru, Sister of Mercy, with a background in education, social work and creative arts therapy. Nicole has previously produced two other publications related to children’s experiences. Nicole worked with the children and their mothers on this book, through our children’s support program. 

Sr Nicole said: “Expression through art and storytelling is a proven step forward in the recovery process for those who have experienced trauma.”

The publication of this book will further our advocacy work in family violence and its impact on children. Any proceeds from sales of the book will go towards our 24/7 refuge children’s program, the only one of its kind in Victoria.

Smarty Pants, Kitty or Tiger?’ has been funded through the Campbell Edwards Trust, Mercy Foundation and the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea.