Title: Bad Cat
Author: Nicola O’Byrne
Published: June 2020
Publisher: Nosy Crow
I received a copy of Bad Cat from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Fluffykins the cat creates one calamity after another in this hilarious story from Nicola O’Byrne, winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2014
The best way to describe this book is: delightfully fun!
Meet Fluffykins, the lovely cat who delights in causing a ruckus in his house. From terrorising the fish in the fishbowl, to knocking vases over and scratching up the furniture, Fluffykins is unrepentant until the consequences are a little more than he expected. Is it enough for him to change?
I laughed out loud while reading Bad Cat. Multiple times. He’s a delightfully naughty cat who just causes chaos and yet is still endearingly charming. The illustrations totally make this book what it is as we observe Fluffykins considering his actions, being told not to do something, then doing it anyway because he can. It shouldn’t be funny, but it is, and the narrator (Fluffykin’s human) becomes more and more exasperated with his antics and it just gets funnier.
This is the perfect read for when kids (and grown-ups) need a laugh, but also a great way to start a discussion around actions and consequences and why we can’t just go around destroying things for the sake of it.
This is a picture book that was written for enjoyment and it definitely fits that category!