The best books about frisky fictional felines (for children)

Lil Chase Author Of The Cat Who Ate Christmas
By Lil Chase

Who am I?

As the author of The Cat Who Ate Christmas, I love a book about a cat who is cunning, quirky, perhaps calamity-prone, but also a cutie. There are plenty of books about loving pets, but their characters all seem to be too earnest, too driven to do the right thing. Not with cats! They will lie, cheat and do what it takes to get what they want… as long as it doesn’t get in the way of nap time. Cats are anti-heroes by nature, aren’t they? That’s why they make the best animals to read about – and an absolute dream to write about. 


I wrote...

The Cat Who Ate Christmas

By Lil Chase, Thomas Docherty (illustrator),

Book cover of The Cat Who Ate Christmas

What is my book about?

It's Christmas, and Jingles the kitten has knocked over the Christmas tree and unwrapped all of the presents! What a naughty kitty. When Jingles eats the entire Christmas turkey, it's the final straw! Jingles is in big trouble now. While his family is busy cleaning up the mess, a guilty Jingles disappears. Realizing what matters most, the family sets out to look for their naughty kitten -- it won't be Christmas without him.

To continue in the holiday spirit, this book includes fun Christmas facts, Christmas jokes, the best recipe for cocoa, and even instructions for making your very own Christmas tree topper. The Cat Who Ate Christmas is the perfect gift this holiday season.

The books I picked & why

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Puss in Boots

By Vera Southgate,

Book cover of Puss in Boots

Why this book?

The original and best. Puss in Boots is an Italian fairytale, first recorded in 1550, told and retold by many people including the Brothers Grimm and the Disney corporation. This crafty cat charms and connives his way to the very top – to royalty, no less!

The miller’s son was disappointed to receive a cat as a gift from his father. But the cat – who asks only for a pair of boots – tricks the miller’s son into getting naked and robs his clothes… just as the King and his daughter are passing. The King’s daughter falls in love with the miller’s son and, convinced by Puss’s trickery that the miller’s son is a rich marquis, marries him.

Rather than rags to riches, this is a boots to riches tale.

Puss in Boots

By Vera Southgate,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Puss in Boots as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This beautiful hardback Ladybird edition of Puss in Boots is a perfect first illustrated introduction to this classic fairy tale for young readers from 3+. Ladybird Tales are based on the original Ladybird retellings by Vera Southgate, with beautiful pictures of the kind children like best - full of richness and detail.

Children have always loved, and will always remember, these classic fairy tales and sharing them together is an experience to treasure. Ladybird has published fairy tales for over forty-five years, bringing the magic of traditional stories to each new generation of children.

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Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

By Ursula Moray Williams, Catherine Rayner (illustrator),

Book cover of Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

Why this book?

Gobbolino is a cat-out-of-water; he doesn’t want to be a witch’s cat. But born with magic, he’s not much good at being a house cat either. After being rejected by the witches he tries his paws at being a farm cat, a ship’s cat, a show cat, or even a princess’s cat, but his magic always lands him in trouble.

This might be the perfect concept for a children’s book (I wish I’d thought of it!); the reader gets the wish-fulfillment of seeing the magic, but we can all relate to just wanting to be normal, just wanting to be part of a loving family. It helps that the kitten is a cutie too!

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat

By Ursula Moray Williams, Catherine Rayner (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Gobbolino the Witch's Cat as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

With his sparky whiskers and magic tricks, no one could mistake Gobbolino for a simple kitchen cat, but that's just what the witch's kitten wants to be. Instead of learning how to turn mice into toads for the witch's brew, Gobbolino sets out on an adventure to find a family and a home of his own.

Gobbolino has been delighting readers since 1942.

With glorious illustrations by Catherine Rayner, a ribbon marker and a foreword by Joan Aiken, this beautiful hardback edition of Ursula Moray Williams's Gobbolino the Witch's Cat is a truly special gift to treasure.


Mog the Forgetful Cat

By Judith Kerr,

Book cover of Mog the Forgetful Cat

Why this book?

Mog is a sweet old cat. She’s very loving to her family – The Thomas’s – but very dim. She doesn’t understand the human world and her hilarious misunderstandings get her into a lot of hot water. Occasionally, she accidentally saves the day too – usually from a disaster of her own making.

The combination of this lovable cat who gets it wrong is a perennial winner. The first Mog book was written over 50 years ago and has never been out of print.

Mog the Forgetful Cat

By Judith Kerr,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Mog the Forgetful Cat as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Share in fifty years of a really remarkable cat...

Everyone's favourite family cat first appeared fifty years ago and is loved by children everywhere for her funny and warm-hearted escapades.

Mog the Forgetful Cat was first published in 1970 and has never been out of print! The classic picture book story of a very forgetful cat, her family, and a very exciting adventure is the perfect gift for families, boys, girls, and anyone who has ever known or loved a cat.

From Judith Kerr, the bestselling author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, the beloved Mog stories still delight…


Garfield Fat Cat 3-Pack #6

By Jim Davis,

Book cover of Garfield Fat Cat 3-Pack #6

Why this book?

I loved these comic strips as a kid. I had the extended graphic novels too. What’s so appealing about Garfield is that he’s such a realistic cat: he can be loving, he can be selfish, he can be needy, and he can be cruel. Sometimes he just wants to sleep. At other times he’s out all night singing on the fence, keeping the neighbourhood awake. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to his moods.

Sounds like many of the fickle felines I’ve known in real life.

Garfield Fat Cat 3-Pack #6

By Jim Davis,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Garfield Fat Cat 3-Pack #6 as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This rollicking collection includes three books in one: Garfield Rounds Out, Garfield Chews the Fat, and Garfield Goes to Waist.

Get ready for a triple dose of laughs with the world's funniest fat cat.

Garfield's back in all his gut-busting glory: catching his tongue in the electric mixer; revealing his distate for milk (he was once frightened by an udder); pranking Jon for serving him a rubber pizza; and bobbing for croutons.

When it comes to humor, forget the rest, you've found the best—Garfield!

The GARFIELD FAT CAT 3-PACK series collects the GARFIELD comic-strip compilation books in a new, full-color…

Slinky Malinki

By Lynley Dodd,

Book cover of Slinky Malinki

Why this book?

Slinky Malinki might be the perfect picture book: the illustrations are exquisite and detailed, the text rattles along in a perfect rhythmic rhyme.

Pride always comes before the fall in great works of fiction, and one night Slinky Malinki gets greedy; and his midnight excursions are rumbled by the family and he ends up in hot water. He learns his lesson: ‘Never again does he answer the call’ of wickedness.

It’s a shame really, because of all of these frisky felines Slinky Malinki is my favourite. But only when he’s being a ‘rapscallion cat.’

Slinky Malinki

By Lynley Dodd,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Slinky Malinki as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Slinky Malinki steals anything from a clothes peg, to a slipper, to a string of sausages, to a clock! Our hero is a BAD cat! The story is told in wonderful rhyme and through pictures full of life and movement.
Other Slinky Malinki books to collect:
Slinky Malinki Early Bird
Slinky Malinki Catflaps
Slinky Malinki's Christmas Crackers


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