Cats Are Cats – Perfect Picture book Friday

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catsTitle: Cats Are Cats

Written and illustrated by: Valeri Gorbachev

Published By: Holiday House, 2014.

Themes/Topics: cats, pets, tigers, fish

Suitable for ages: 3-5


Miss Bell loved cats.                                                                                                           One day she went to the                                                                                                      pet shop to get a little kitten. 


Miss Bell’s love of cats takes her one day to the pet store to buy a kitten. She buys a wee thing with stripes, tail and smile like a tiger, so, she calls him, TIGER. She puts her heart and soul into caring for her little Tiger. The trouble is her little Tiger grows bigger and bigger and bigger! But she doesn’t stop loving him, ‘Cats are cats’, she says. One day she takes Tiger for a walk and they pass the pet store from which he was bought. On a whim, she treats her big boy to two bags of goldfish. And the rest of the story you will have to read yourself!


Why I like This Book: Valeri’s illustrations of this tiger growing bigger and filling up the whole apartment are full of whimsy and character! Cat lovers will appreciate the truism, that big or small, cats have certain characteristics. You and your children will love the unexpected fishy twist at the end, as much as I did. A cat is always a cat, after all!


Activities/Resources: All kids like to draw cats. Try this template from draw+a+cat

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14 Responses to Cats Are Cats – Perfect Picture book Friday

  1. This looks wonderful. I definitely want to read it!

  2. I think Olivia would be thrilled to get this as at Christmas – even if she’s 20 now!

  3. I love the innocence in the older women picking out a very large kitty. Something a child would unknowingly do. Very humorous story — especially for a cat lover like you! Nice choice.

  4. Oh, we need to find this one. I love your resources too. We may try to draw cats today. Thanks.

  5. Wendy Greenley says:

    I have liked his other books, but haven’t seen this one yet. Betting I’m going to love it! And the cheetah (or leopard?) in the box is ADORABLE. I’d want to pet that kitty but I know better.

  6. rhythm says:

    Cats are cats indeed!!! We have a tiger here in our house! Yooowwww! But this book looks really funny! Great illustrations! I’ll have to check it out! Thanks!

  7. I love Valerie Gorbachev’s work from the days when my boys were reading Babybug and Ladybug magazines! I can’t believe I’ve not seen this book before (being a Valerie and cat fan). Must check it out. Thanks for telling us about it!

  8. Ha so cute! Loved the illustrations. Seems you and I have cats on the brain this week. 🙂

  9. Tiffa says:

    This looks wonderful and my whole family loves Valeri Gorbachev! He has some great picture books! This book reminds me a lot of Christian the Lion — have you read or seen the documentary about him? It’s one of my favorite stories.

    I look forward to reading this with my family!

  10. Erik - TKRB says:

    THIS SOUNDS AWESOME!!! I love Tiger’s expressions! 😀

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