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I Don't Know What to Call My Cat

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Every cat needs a name. One name, one word, just a sound... It should be easy to choose one, right? WRONG!!! I just don't know what to call my cat!
Choosing the right name for a new pet is very important! Find out just what this cat's name turns out to be in this clever and witty story from an exciting debut author and talented young illustrator.

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11th March '17
I read it to SophieKelly aged 3 aged 3
I Don't Know What to Call My Cat 9781471124136
5 stars
Cat appears at home one day and settles in - leaving the little girl with the question what to call her.....Lorraine, Ethel, Jane, Betty?... all lovely girls.... but oops on closer inspection at the vet's she is a he. Butch, Rocky, Maestro .... all work quite well.... but then the cat disappears and the little girl looks everywhere for him - even the zoo.... where she picks up a new pet to cheer herself up who already has a name - Geoff the gorilla. BUT someone is watching them... and is jealous of the fun they're having.... and reports them to the Bureau for Naughty Animals leading to Geoff's removal from the house.... allowing for the safe return of THE CAT ! Complete with a new nametag - "Tricky" - but where did he get that from?

The author's "You must bring a hat!" is one of our all time favourite books - a modern classic. This 2nd offering is good but doesnt quite have the same punch. However its been really good for imaginative chat - if we had a cat what would it look like, what could we call it, what would it like to do. It's also highlighted that while our daughter can identify between boys and girls.. she'd not appreciated that some names are "girls" names and others are "boys"... which was an interesting "but why?????" to discuss! We love spotting the cat hiding in the background as he watches Geoff move into his slot as "family pet". Rated 5 as in isolation its a great book - we probably just had unrealistic expectations given we are so taken with his other book (which is a daily read !)!
23rd January '17
I read it to Eleanor aged 2 aged 2
I Don't Know What to Call My Cat 9781471124136
5 stars
This book was an instant hit and my daughter has already asked for it to be re-read over and over. The story is funny and engaging with bright and entertaining illustrations that are jam packed with little details so we spot a few more things each time we read this book. Would definitely recommend for any animal lover. 
24th May '17
I read it to FreyasBooks aged 4 aged 4
I Don't Know What to Call My Cat 9781471124136
5 stars
My little girl saw this in a bookshop one day and was instantly drawn in. She adores cats and loves looking at all the lovely illustrated cats. A favourite of hers that we enjoy reading many times a week. 
24th January '17
beardy read it themselves aged 3 aged 3
I Don't Know What to Call My Cat 9781471124136
5 stars
My 3 year old son loved this book :)
He found it funny because we got two cats ourselves and he calls them every day different names lol
So this book was funny to him ;)
Great easy to turn pages and lovely pictures.
Would highly recommend.
21st February '17
I read it to fifebookboy aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
My little boy picked this out in a bookshop and loved it straight away. There are loads of lovely details and the illustrations are gorgeous. A little girl has a new cat but doesn't know what to call it, she tries out lots of names but none seem to fit. We loved talking about all the different names and even the cover is a conversation piece! It's a very funny book.
18th January '17
I read it myself (an adult) , to Aby aged 7 aged 7 & to Laya aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
Bringing a pet  into your home is a fun filled task but choosing a name for your pet is really difficult.....
This is such a wonderful story with fantastic illustrations. 
My daughters love all the tiny details of the story and the pictures.A fun filled book for all the animal lovers. 
20th January '17
I read it to Ellielebugjnr aged 1 aged 1
I Don't Know What to Call My Cat 9781471124136
5 stars
A larger book than expected, paperback. Lovely illsutrations. My daughter loves this posting out cat. It's great for her speech development whilst having fun.
21st January '17
I read it to Bossy boots aged 4 aged 4
I Don't Know What to Call My Cat 9781471124136
5 stars
I read this book to my 4 and a half year old grand daughter and she enjoyed the story and was amused by the lovely illustrations. She did wonder however, who did give Tricky his name and collar. Was it the man from the Bureau for naughty animals ? There was no explanation so it left her wondering.
28th January '17
I read it to RC13 aged 3 aged 3
I Don't Know What to Call My Cat 9781471124136
5 stars
We won this in a Toppsta giveaway- and it is brilliant. The story and pictures are fun. My daughter really likes the cover and all the features of the cats. 
22nd January '17
I read it to Thiebault aged 7 aged 7 & to Clém aged 4 aged 4
I Don't Know What to Call My Cat 9781471124136
5 stars
This was our first giveaway book received and my little girl was so excited to receive a letter in her name. What a treat for her! We settled in and started reading... both were delighted with the illustrations, looking at all the small details (I spotted a few more as a grown up) which were very amusing. The little girl in the story is very creative, very messy too which was a little like reading about my daughter. We loved the twists in the story and it definitely kept us entertained. The addition of this extra surprising pet was excellent and the ending was very funny and unexpected for the children!
22nd January '17
I read it to Brobee aged 4 aged 4 & to Toodee aged 2 aged 2
I Don't Know What to Call My Cat 9781471124136
5 stars
We loved sharing this story about a girl and her new cat. It is really easy for younger readers to read independently and has some brilliantly funny parts too, with a plot that is quite unexpected! The illustrations are jam packed with detail and we spent ages looking at them to find little interesting bits. A super read!
20th February '17
I read it to JessicaLee aged 3 aged 3
I Don't Know What to Call My Cat 9781471124136
4 stars
I found this funny as Jess has lots of soft toys and dolls (no pets!) but hasn't managed to come up with a name for any of them! 

She enjoys guessing the names of all the cats on the cover almost as much as the story.

There's so much to see on each page - we can spend time talking about lots of things in the pictures.
The crocodile in the vet's waiting room always gets a giggle, and looking out for the cat keeps all of us busy.
23rd January '17
I read it to Ibby aged 4 aged 4
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4 stars
Good book, nice pics and interesting storyline. Good for kids who are thinking of getting a new pet. 
24th January '17
I read it to RS aged 6 aged 6 & to ES aged 1 aged 1
I Don't Know What to Call My Cat 9781471124136
4 stars
Big book, lots of comedy but a bit of an odd ending: we don't really get it... but I won't spoil it! The illustrations are detailed and lovely, the book is of good quality and I guess it's a good length for bedtime. But if a weird ending though... #justsaying
22nd February '17
I read it to mmt2a aged 4 aged 4
I Don't Know What to Call My Cat 9781471124136
4 stars
This book has lovely illustrations with many things going on in each picture. The story is set around a girl who finds a girl cat and debates many name choices, only to be told by the vet that she is really a he. This prompts lots of other name choices, more suited to a male cat. The cat becomes lost, but the girl finds a new pet in Steve, the gorilla from the zoo. Eventually the girl is reunited with the cat and Steve gets carted back off to the zoo. 

This book is enjoyable but I wouldn't rush to read it again. However my son did really enjoy it, has asked for it to be read again and has also commented that "the cat book is really funny".
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