Bad Cat Review

Title: Bad Cat
Author: Nicola O’Byrne
June 2020
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Readership: Children’s
Genre: Picturebook
Rating: ★★★★
RRP: $19.99

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

Fluffykins is a lovely cat. He wouldn’t do anything naughty . . . would he? But what’s this? He’s knocked over the flowers, tangled up all the knitting, bent the blinds, trodden on the laptop AND scratched the sofa . . . and he won’t say sorry. What a bad cat! Whatever will Fluffykins do next? This witty and perfectly-paced story by award-winning author-illustrator Nicola O’Byrne revels in all the mayhem of living with a feline friend.

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!

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