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Monday 13 February 2017

Review: I Don't Know What to Call My Cat

One day, a cat turns up on a little girl's doorstep and makes herself at home. It's okay: the girl likes cats and is happy to keep her. She just doesn't know what to call her …

She tries 'Kitty' — and most of the cats in the neighbourhood come running. 'Lorraine', 'Ethel', 'Betty' and even 'Princess High and Mighty' don't seem to fit either. Then a quick trip to the vet reveals the cat is actually a boy!

So she tries 'Butch', 'Rambo', 'Rocky' and 'Mr Maestro'. The cat is so unimpressed that he leaves. Oh dear. Now the little girl not only has to find the right name for her cat, she also has to find her cat! Until she gets distracted by a gorilla … that she calls Steve.

This book is hilarious! The illustrations have a mischievous humour to them that is simply delightful. Ella Bailey imbues all the characters — from the myriad cats to Steve the gorilla, as well as the little girl — with so much personality. And every page is a riot of detail that adds layer upon layer to the relatively simple and straightforward text. This is a perfect balance of words and images, with a very cute twist in the 'tail' too!

Title: I Don't Know What to Call My Cat
Author: Simon Philip
Illustrator: Ella Bailey
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, $24.99
Publication Date: February 2017
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781471124129
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book