Perfect Picture Book Friday! I Hate My Cats (A Love Story) by Davide Cali

I Hate My Cats (A Love Story)

Written by Davide Cali

Illustrated by Anna Pirolli

44 pages – ages 6+

Published by Chronicle Books on October 2, 2018

Theme/Topic: Pets, Love

Genre: Realistic fiction

Opening and Synopsis from the Publisher- Opening: “Ginger is the weird one. She plays with peas, purrs at artichokes, and has a strange fondness for chicken (but only the neighbor’s chicken).”

Publisher’s Synopsis: “Ginger is the weird one. She plays with peas, purrs at artichokes, and has a strange fondness for chicken (but only the neighbor’s chicken). Then there’s Fred. His greatest talent? Sleeping. Oh, and hiding. And when he’s not hiding, he’s conspiring with Ginger to destroy the house! Such is life with cats. . . can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em—if you love them, that is. And yet the question remains: Why are these captivating creatures so marvelously maddening?! From internationally bestselling author Davide Cali, this humorous picture book about a cat owner and his beguiling felines celebrates quirky cat companions, impurrfections and all.”

What I Thought- This was a pretty cute book. It’s a little aimed at a tad bit older audience, as it comes across as funny but in a sentimental sort of way that younger kids may not fuller understand. Davide Cali is one of my favorite picture book authors, and I think he does a fabulous job of writing a picture book for a kid who is becoming more proficient at reading, using more varied vocabulary and sentence structure. What I really love about this is that this book is Anna Pirolli’s illustrating debut. Her style is really cool, with lots of details and a sort of muted color scheme – there are lots of neat furniture and other sorts of intricate things in the background that kids will like to look at. I really liked this book, and I think lots of exasperated pet owners will love it too!

Activities and Resources- has some good ideas for things you can do for cat-themed holiday activities HERE!

Categories: Age 9+

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2 replies

  1. I am not a cat person, but a dog person. But, my daughter would love this. She and her husband own two cats — her babies.

    • We’re not really cat people either (in my life, I’ve only owned one cat (given to my mom in a will) compared to three dogs), but I can appreciate the humor of well-meaning malignant kitties. 🙂 I think your daughter will thoroughly enjoy this book!

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