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A clever, quirky tale of individuality and perspective, and recognising what is right in front of our eyes.

When the Catawampus comes to town the people don't at first notice it has arrived. But slowly, slowly, as they take in the cat's aspect, things change; one might say they even become radical! It's amazing what life a-kilter can reveal.


“Everyone was happy and slanty and catawampus.” Gordon’s engaging charcoal and wash spreads, enlivened with collage elements, supply the tilted special effects, while Eaton’s (How to Track a Truck) fond portrait of small-town life reminds readers that a slight change in outlook can transform everything.

Publisher's Weekly (US)

The CATawampus Cat is perhaps one of the most powerful picture books I’ve read in 2017. It speaks to our desire to be like everyone else, and yet points out through a quirky cat that sometimes we aren’t better off that way.

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    April 3, 2017

    Viking (AU YR)

    40 pages

    RRP $24.99

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