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Up Cat

Up Cat

By Hazel Hutchins
Illustrated by Fanny
Categories: Children's Fiction
Themes: cats, language, pets
Interest Age: 2–4
Grade: p–p
Board book : 9781554513888, 26 pages, February 2012 , 5.96" x 5.95"


A cat can get tangled up in all kinds of fun and mischief between wake-up time and nap time. Follow along with the playful text as Cat laps up milk, messes up the house, gets up to no good, stands up to a visiting dog, and finally curls up for a nap in the sun.

The expressive, energetic illustrations against simple backgrounds mirror the spare but rhythmic text that teaches about “up” actions while leading the reader through a day in the life of a cat.

Together with Up Dog, this board book will soon be a favorite of toddlers and preschoolers who adore animals.


“This is a great little board book . . . educational too.”

- Creative Madness Mama, 04/12/12

“Charmingly appropriate is the idea that a board book . . . would be created around one of the first words that toddlers learn—up.”

- Canadian Children’s Book News, Summer/12

“Every page is sure to delight any child or cat lover, but it's also a great way to introduce very young children to the wide variety of ways that language can be used.”

- Cozy Little Book Journal, 11/22/12

“Simple words used in simple sentences made reading this one with my 5 year old fun and educational too.”

- Red House Books, 05/08/12

“For toddlers just learning to speak, Up Dog and Up Cat are a wonderful introduction to the rich ‘strangeness’ of the English language.”

- CM Reviews, 04/12

“The illustrations are very cute and depict the story well.”

- Columbia Review Group, Washington Library Media Association, 09/12