What problems might a common house cat have? Why, not enough food, not being able to go outside, and the vacuum monster, of course! Will he appreciate his home and owners after a wise squirrel points out all he has? Probably not! (We all know how cats can be.) Cat Problems is a hilarious read-aloud for ages three and up from Portland author Jory John and award-winning children’s book illustrator Lane Smith. Recommended By Kim T., Powells.com
Jory John and Lane Smith are at their deadpan best in this third book in their Animal Problems series. With John’s spare words and Smith’s energetic, beautifully textured illustrations, the world’s most enjoyably grumpy cat comes to hilarious, delightful life. Bonus: What could be more fun to read aloud? Recommended By Gigi L., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
What could a pampered house cat possibly have to complain about? This latest collaboration from picture book superstars — and cat devotees — Lane Smith and Jory John brings with it a hilarious set of feline problems!
Just like most cats, this cat lives an extremely comfortable life. But he has his problems too!
The sun spot he's trying to bathe in won't stop moving. He keeps getting served dry food instead of wet. And don't even get him started on the vacuum — it's an absolute menace! — and the nosy neighbor squirrel that just can't seem to mind its own business. Will this cat ever find the silver lining?
Jory John and Lane Smith once again air their grievances in this must-have companion book to Penguin Problems and Giraffe Problems.
“Fun; kids should lap this up fur storytime.” Kirkus Reviews
‘It's the opposite of good behavior but is so deliciously sour…Indeed, the animal's spewing seems so authentically feline that readers can't help but laugh — and perhaps even identify with an id unabashedly unleashed.” Publishers Weekly
“Kids with cats will cackle in recognition (and perhaps consider that Kitty needs some attention), and maybe a few persistent kvetchers will take the humorous point.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“As story flows from one problem to the next, readers will want to let cat out for just a little bit — or maybe revisit the first two books for more problems.” School Library Journal
About the Author
Jory John is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books for both children and adults. He is the author of Penguin Problems and Giraffe Problems, both illustrated by Lane Smith; The Bad Seed and The Good Egg, both illustrated by Pete Oswald; and Quit Calling Me a Monster! and I Will Chomp You! , both illustrated by Bob Shea, among many other books. Jory is a two-time E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor recipient and has won numerous state book awards for his writing. Jory lives in Oregon. You can find him at joryjohn.com or on Twitter @IamJoryJohn.
Lane Smith has written and illustrated a bunch of stuff, including Grandpa Green, which was a Caldecott Honor Book; It's a Book, which has been translated into over twenty-five languages; and The Stinky Cheese Man. Four of his books have been New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year. In 2012, the Eric Carle Museum named him an Honor Artist for lifelong innovation in the field of children's books. In 2014, he received the Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award. Lane and book designer Molly Leach live in rural Connecticut. Visit him on the Web at lanesmithbooks.com.