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Drat That Fat Cat!

Written by Pat Thomson

Illustrated by Ailie Busby

When PW called this “Sheer enjoyable nonsense” I nodded with satisfaction. That’s how I felt when I first saw this book, created by my colleagues at Scholastic U.K.

You remember the Old Lady who swallowed a fly? She didn’t know when to stop and neither does our cat, our fat, fat cat! A rat doesn’t seem to satisfy, neither does a duck. Add a dog and an Old Lady, and you’ve got one fat cat, one fat FAT cat. But was that fat cat fat enough?


So he goes on to swallow more... much to his dismay. The playful repeated refrain of “No, he was not!” invites spirited readings of this new, fresh take on a treasured classic.

Reviews and Awards

“The captivating fat cat in this silly cumulative tale from a British team will eat anything. He gleefully consumes a rat, duck, dog, lady and even a bee whose sting causes him to "Hic!" and burp them all up again. The cat's pink-cheeked, innocent face and the animals' "quack quack quacking" and "squeak, squeak, squeaking" inside the cat's growing tummy obliterate any fears youngest readers might have about the gobbling menace. No sharp-toothed villain, the cat is a plump charmer who has obviously not heard of the nation's obesity crisis.… Busby's droll watercolor cartoons make use of quirky shapes and perspectives. Her cat is not simply fat but gargantuan, towering over dog and doghouse, its pink stomach so capacious that its inhabitants are shown lolling within. Sheer enjoyable nonsense.” - Publishers Weekly

“Was the already very rounded orange stripy cat fat enough? "No, he was not!"… Illustrator Busby portrays the oversize kitty as entirely genial despite his habit of gobbling up other creatures. He is goofy and increasingly enormous, and Busby's bright paints burst out of the black outlines in a loose, exuberant style. Although the format is pure picture book, the text, with its simple words and repetitive phrases, would be easy for beginning readers. And the repetition of the animal sounds and, especially, the hiccups, should elicit lots of delighted audience participation.” - The Horn Book

“This fresh version of “Fat Cat” features lots of rhyming words and an infectious chorus. A smiling tiger-stripped kitty, already chunky-looking in Busby’s bright, unfettered cartoons, sets off down the road in search of food… Destined to be a story-time favorite, this is the most engaging rendition of the tale since Jack Kent’s 1971 classic.” - Kirkus Reviews

“With a nod to I know an old lady who swallowed a fly and a wink at Old Macdonald, Thomson has made a noisy read-aloud that will also appeal to new readers… The orange cat looms large in most pictures; his pink nose and cheeks negate any fearsome aspect, and even the sounds of the critters he eats (squeak, quack, woof) have a jaunty air.” Booklist 

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Fall 2003
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-439-47195-8
Price: $15.95/$23.99
Trim Size: 8 1/2" x 10"
Page Count: 32 SE
Foreign Rights: Scholastic UK
Translation Rights: Scholastic UK
Rights Available? yes