The best funny picture books about cats

Nicola Winstanley Author Of How to Give Your Cat a Bath: In Five Easy Steps
By Nicola Winstanley

The Books I Picked & Why

Chester

By Mélanie Watt

Book cover of Chester

Why this book?

I’m a big fan of rascally cats, and Chester is the rascalliest of them all. Like most cats, he wants to be the centre of attention. He rewrites the story and draws over the pictures to make the book about him, instead of a mouse. Funny—and clever!—this book was a great inspiration for my book


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Princess Puffybottom...and Darryl

By Susin Nielsen, Olivia Chin Mueller

Book cover of Princess Puffybottom...and Darryl

Why this book?

Another cat with attitude(wait, don’t all cats have attitude?)—but I especially love this book for the sweet friendship between these two unlikely pals, because my little dog adores my cat in the same way. As well, the illustrations are as pretty, soft, and fuzzy as Princess Puffy Bottom’s...well, bottom.


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Mog the Forgetful Cat

By Judith Kerr

Book cover of Mog the Forgetful Cat

Why this book?

Mog the Forgetful Cat was published the year I was born. It’s still one of my favourite books. In this well-crafted and longer story, Mog becomes an unlikely hero after scaring a burglar with her annoying meowing at the window. Who wouldn’t love the pure catishness of the drawings, the gentle humour of the story, or the ending in which Mog is given a medal and an egg, and the burglar is given a cup of tea?


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Cat Problems

By Jory John, Lane Smith

Book cover of Cat Problems

Why this book?

The narrator of Cat Problems is a cynical, bad-tempered, ungrateful cat (sounds a lot like my cat, Stanley), wonderfully drawn by the brilliant Lane Smith. After the cat’s litany of complaints, a nosy squirrel tries to teach him (and the reader) a lesson about gratitude, but the cat just ignores him. And I love that! Sometimes, you don’t need a lesson, you just need to laugh—and you will!


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The Cat and the Mouse and the Runaway Train

By Peter Bently

Book cover of The Cat and the Mouse and the Runaway Train

Why this book?

Okay, so this book isn’t exactly laugh-out-loud funny, but it’s a wonderful read-aloud. I’m usually not a fan of rhyming picture books, but this book is definitely an exception because of its exuberant and perfect poetry. The cat in this book is pretty sweet—with utterly adorable eyebrows!—and it’s nice to see a good-natured cat making friends with a mouse.


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