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Picture Books about Cats

Here's a list of children's picture books that celebrate all things feline! These are all great books about cats that I've reviewed and recommend, or had suggested to me.

A Year with Marmalade

From the publisher: "Ella and Maddy are best friends who love spending time together. But one day everything changes when Maddy has to go away. She entrusts her cat Marmalade to Ella's care, but Marmalade and Ella are not best friends - or even friends at all - and they definitely don't like each other's company." Read the review at The Book Chook.

They All Saw a Cat

What is the picture book, They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, all about? From my review: "With minimal but carefully chosen text, Wenzel invites kids on a walk with a cat to encounter different creatures and environments. As each animal sees the cat, we get to see what they see. Wenzel uses considerable skill to show us an image influenced by the animals’ physical eyes, and also what they feel about the cat. My favourite page has to be when the terrified mouse looks up at the hideous, snarling cat monster!"

The Catawampus Cat

"Just by being himself, catawampus and enigmatic, a cat teaches others to look at life differently. The people in the story whole-heartedly embrace difference and celebrate life askew. And then it’s time for the cat to go… As well as an interesting and fittingly enigmatic ending, I loved the word play Eaton includes in the book..." Read more at The Book Chook.

I Don't Know What to Call My Cat

From my review: "This is such an enjoyable picture book to share with kids! It’s a gem created by two creators whose gifts truly complement each other. Simon tells a deceptively simple and understated story using the voice of a little girl who unexpectedly becomes a cat-owner. All kids know the importance of choosing names for pets, and will immediately want to help."

Sam the Cat

From my review: "Bowring really knows cats. So does illustrator, Andrew McLean. Adult readers and child listeners alike will recognise and enjoy Sam the cat's personality. He thinks of himself as Lord Strongtail, Master of the House and Sir Ratcatcher the Brave. Sam really doesn't appreciate the new baby taking over."

The Book Chook: Reviews: Recent Children’s Picture Books about Animals, 2017

From my review: "There is just something about a cat with attitude, isn’t there? Kevin is the quintessential cat - each time his “owner” speaks, we read his thoughts and they are not complementary. “Come and have a lovely cuddle!” results in “Come closer and you’ll get a lovely bite.”" Read more at The Book Chook.

The Cat Wants Custard)

"Kevin has a craving. He wants custard, and he wants it NOW! Follow the hilarious antics of a cat trying to get its human companion to give him what he wants, including using his own body to spell the word CUSTARD! Will he succeed? A brilliantly funny picture book treat." Read my review at The Book Chook.

The sunshine cat / by Miriam Moss ; illustrated by Lisa Flather - Details - Trove

An older picture book (published 1999) but a good one. Theme is bereavement.

Come Down, Cat! - Reading Australia

Details and resources at Reading Australia for the children's book, Come Down, Cat!, by Sonya Hartnett. Teacher notes available. Published 2013.

Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore - Books - Hachette Australia

Sid is a cat who is addicted to having six meals a day and glories in this lifestyle. Manipulative, persuasive and a charmer he has wrapped everybody round his little paw - each owner believes that Sid belongs to them only . . . until the day he is found out! Published 2004, Hachette Australia.

John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat - Reading Australia

Rose lived with her dog, John Brown. ‘Just the two of us,’ said Rose, until the mysterious midnight cat came along, and things began to change. An award-winning classic tale.

Meg And Mog by Helen Nicoll - Penguin Books Australia

Great stories about a witch called Meg and her cat, Mog. Perfect for young readers.

Slinky Malinki by Lynley Dodd - Penguin Books Australia

Slinky Malinki steals anything from a clothes peg, to a slipper, to a string of sausages, to a clock! Our hero is a BAD cat! The story is told in wonderful rhyme and through pictures full of life and movement.