Nicola O’Byrne – Bad Cat!

Nosy Crow Ltd, London
Managed in Australia by Allen & Unwin

If you have ever lived with a cat, no matter how congenial, you will recognise some of Bad Cat in your own moggy. Written and illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne, this delightful picture book shows a keen understanding of the nature of both cats and their doting people.

Children read to or reading will enjoy, as I did,  the cat ATTITUDE, and they will probably scoff and chortle at the ineffectual rebukes of the unnamed person who narrates the story.

Bad Cat’s various facial expressions and perfectly drawn body language speak volumes as Person’s exclamations get louder and bolder in type. Puss is well-observed – he/she (I think Fluffykins is a male cat, but it isn’t specified) – as he gets into all the places where domestic cats hang out and wreak havoc.

Bad Cat’s perfect disdain and defiance droop, of course, when he is banished to the rainy outdoors so that he can think about his sins, including that puddle. The bedraggled soul on the window sill was bound to soften Person’s heart, but waiting for an apology and restorative justice could take a long time.

I very much enjoyed this book and children will too, especially those who live with cats. As adults, we can also read this book from a parenting style point of view.

Thank you to Allen & Unwin for sending me a review copy.