I Wish I Were A Dog (Picture Puffins)

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9780140567670: I Wish I Were A Dog (Picture Puffins)

A charming carrot-colored cat wants to walk on the wild side -- as a dog. But do dogs really have the upper paw? This confused kitty thinks so, at least until her helpful owner proves that life as a feline really is the cat's pajamas. Lydia Monks' bouncy rhymes and inventive collage illustrations are purr-fect for young pups and kittens.

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Kitty is fed up with being a cat and thinks that dogs have a far better time of it. They have much more fun, with all their playing, howling, barking and chasing robbers. They can even become film stars, for goodness sake.

But of course, there is a downside to being a dog too. Being put on a lead can't be much fun. And chewing on old bones is a bit sad. And of course, they always have to do as they are told. Whereas cats get to catch mice and prowl like tigers and climb trees and come and go as they please--so maybe being a cat isn't so bad after all?

Lydia Monks' highly original fable, I Wish I Were A Dog, reeking of envy and packed to the brim with exploding, vibrant in-your-face colour illustrations, is an absolute hoot. From the moment Kitty--the whiney, grumpy ginger cat dissatisfied with his lot--starts his whinging, to the moment he realises that a dog's lot is not always a happy one, this charming tale springs to life and is guaranteed to have readers, whatever age they may be, howling with laughter and dogs across the land wishing they were cats.

A must-have picture book for children under 5 --Susan Harrison

About the Author:

Lydia Monks is an award-winning illustrator and author, best known for her quirky and colourful picture books including I Wish I Were a Dog, Babbit and Mungo Monkey (Egmont). She has successfully collaborated with many authors such as Julia Donaldson (What the Ladybird Heard, Princess and the Wizard) and Karen McCombie (Indie Kidd series), and poets including Carol Ann Duffy (Skipping Rope Snake, Queen Nibble & Queen Munch). Her awards include the Stockport Children’s Book Award, the Nestle Smarties Prize and the Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Award.

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