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Saturday 30 October 2021

Review: Cat Problems

It’s hard being a cat. Life is busy. There’s much to be done. 

Like… telling other cats they’re in your spot, AND enforcing the seating rules. Exploring boxes, listening to noises, running from vacuum monsters and batting ball foil. I’m exhausted just thinking about it!

In Cat Problems, our protagonist cat takes us through its day. 

The ups, the downs, the frustrations and challenges. Like I said, it is hard being a cat.

This book is reading bliss. It really takes you into the mind of a cat and what they might be thinking. It’s written from the cat’s perspective, so you are right there living a cat’s life on the page. 

 If you’re a cat owner (and even if you’re not), you’ll really relate to what’s in this story. There is attitude galore, which we all know is the very essence of being a feline.

With quirks and humour weaved throughout, it’s a book to smile and laugh about. The text is minimal, which really lets the illustrations shine, and I adore Lane Smith’s cats. Their expressions are so detailed and filled with emotion, which makes the characters relatable even though they are cats.

This is a fun and quirky book cat lovers will adore. If you love funny books and you love cats, this one is for you! 

And if the title and creator duo sound familiar, it might be because John and Smith also brought us Giraffe Problems, which is also a laugh and a half.   

Title: Cat Problems
Author: Jory John
Illustrator: Lane Smith
Publisher: Penguin, $32.99
Publication Date: 19 October 2021
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780593302132
For ages:  3 - 6
Type: Picture Book