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  • Published: 3 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143785583
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 40
  • RRP: $24.99

The Catawampus Cat


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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.

  • Pub date: 3 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143785583
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 40
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Authors

Gus Gordon

Gus Gordon is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and author. He has illustrated and written over 80 books for children. His illustrations are known for their loose and energetic line work, mixed media and humour. His writing is always anthropomorphic. He attributes this to his love of Kenneth Grahame's Wind in The Willows.
Gus's first picture book, Wendy, was a Notable Book in the 2010 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year Awards.

His second picture book, Herman and Rosie, now published in twelve countries, has been internationally acclaimed and awarded.

Somewhere Else was published by Penguin Random House Australia in 2016 and has won many awards internationally, including a 2017 CBCA Notable book and 2017 book of the year for 5-8 year olds in the Speech Pathology book awards in Australia.


Praise for The Catawampus Cat

““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.”

The Never Ending Bookshelf


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