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  • Published: 2 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448120826
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

To Be A Cat

From the winner of the Blue Peter Award, this is a funny, dark and exciting story about what it's like to wake up as a cat!

From the bestselling author of A Boy Called Christmas, The Girl Who Saved Christmas, Father Christmas and Me and The Truth Pixie.

*'A clawed masterpiece' - Guardian*

Barney Willow's life couldn't get any worse. He's weedy, with sticky-out ears. Horrible Gavin Needle loves tormenting him. And evil headteacher Miss Whipmire seems determined to make Barney's existence a complete misery! Worst of all, Dad has been missing for almost a year - and there's no sign of him ever coming home.

Barney just wants to escape. To find another life. To be a cat, for example. A quiet, lazy cat. Things would be so much easier - wouldn't they?

A darkly funny and adventurous tale from multi-award-winning author Matt Haig.

  • Published: 2 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448120826
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the author

Matt Haig

Matt Haig is a British author for children and adults. His memoir Reasons to Stay Alive was a number one bestseller, staying in the British top ten for 46 weeks. His children's novels have won the Smarties Gold Medal, the Blue Peter Book of the Year, been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and nominated for the Carnegie Medal three times.

His books have received praise from Neil Gaiman, Stephen Fry, Jeanette Winterson, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Ian Rankin and SJ Watson, among others. The Guardian summed up his writing as 'funny, clever and quite, quite lovely' by The Times and the New York Times called him 'a writer of great talent'.

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Praise for To Be A Cat

A clawed masterpiece . . . A book about being comfortable in your own skin rather than someone else's fur

Philip Ardagh, Guardian

Darkly comic and richly rewarding . . . Shines with originality


I loved To Be A Cat . . . Very funny and surprising

John Boyne

Here is the black comedy that made Matt Haig's Shadow Forest so irresistible

The Times

A terrific yarn

Independent on Sunday

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