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Cat's Very Good Day (Hardcover)

Cat's Very Good Day By Kristen Tracy, David Small (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kristen Tracy, David Small (Illustrator)
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A hilarious picture book about one mischievous cat’s action-packed day—from an award-winning poet, with illustrations by a Caldecott Medalist.

It's a busy day for Cat, who is living his best life and managing to cause plenty of trouble along the way! After all, he's a mirror attacker and a morning-tea whacker. A potted-plant disaster and an acrobat master. A vacuum avoider and a sofa destroyer.
But when thunder and lightning strike, it turns out he's a dark-storm worrier and a back-closet scurrier. A curled-up loner and a scaredy-cat groaner. Once the storm passes, though, is it possible Cat just might be a moonlight cuddler and all-night snuggler at heart?

Kristen Tracy's ingenious verse and David Small's masterfully expressive and uproariously funny artwork capture all the charm and personality of these irresistible fur babies—hairballs and all. Here's the perfect gift for feline lovers of all ages!

About the Author

Kristen Tracy has written twelve novels for young adults and young readers, including Lost It, Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus, Hung Up, and Project Unpopular. She won the Emily Dickinson First Book Award from the Poetry Foundation for her collection Half-Hazard. Visit her online at, and follow her on Twitter @kristen_tracy.

David Small is the illustrator of more than 40 picture books, including the Caldecott Medal winning So You Want To Be President?, the Caldecott Honor and Christopher Medal winning The Gardener, and the Caldecott Honor Book One Cool Friend. He is also the author-illustrator of a graphic novel, Home After Dark, and a graphic memoir, Stitches, which was a National Book Award Finalist. Visit him online at

Praise For…

Praise for Cat's Very Good Day:

“A very good book and effective read-aloud about a pretty bad, but still loveable, kitty.” —Booklist

“With whimsical wordplay, Tracy and Small chronicle a day in the life of a feline.” —Kirkus Reviews

“As a lightly anthropomorphized orange tabby moves through the day in this picture book, it takes on a variety of rhyming identities—many of them reflecting an inimitable sense of feline privilege and mischief.” —Publishers Weekly

“The illustrations by David Small are so enjoyable . . . This is a fun one to snuggle up with.” —Growing Book by Book
“[V]ery realistic . . . Cat owners will love that the sorts of things their own cats do are shown on the page. Small's illustrations are always marvelous . . . I can see this cat prowling around the neighborhood and stalking chipmunks right along with Schacher's Stretchy McHandsome.” —YA and Kids Books Central
“Kristen Tracy delves into the feline mind with sensitivity, acceptance and humor . . . The results, abetted by David Small’s wonderfully evocative illustrations, are delightful . . . [S]o much fun.” —
“Vivacious verse . . . and frolicking art reveal that every day is an action-packed and adventurous one for this very good cat!” —

“The beautiful illustrations and hilarious rhyming text perfectly capture a day in the life of a busy cat!” —

Product Details
ISBN: 9781984815200
ISBN-10: 1984815202
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English
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