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Nick Sharratt's fabulously funny debut novel, THE CAT AND THE KING,
tells the story of a gentle, unworldly King and his very clever
cat, and is illustrated throughout in two colours with Nick's irresistible
wit and humour.

The cat and the King must find a new home after their castle burns
down in an Unfortunate Incident with a dragon. They choose Number
37 Castle Close, and the cat introduces the King to all sorts
of new experiences, from washing-up to shopping. Then danger looms
when the pesky, fire-breathing dragon makes its return.

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24th September '16
I read it to Soopa aged 1 aged 1 & to Geo aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
The shiny gold cover of this book is very appealing, not that we judge a book by its cover of course! The story is vaguely nostalgic, relating to a King and his cat friend who are forced out of their castle due to a frequently referred to "unfortunate incident". The writing was a little quirky - some humour for the grown-ups included - and there were enough illustrations that it was suitable for younger ones too. Fun elements that the children liked were the cat driving a van, the funny names of the neighbours and the showdown with the dragon at the end. Overall it's a gentle story about friendship and loyalty and both kids loved the character of the cat very much. We will look out for more from this author. 
7th December '16
I read it to 2R aged 6 to 7
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5 stars
Wow! what a super book. We read this in two days. It was fantastic. The children loved that the pictures had colour even though it was only red. They enjoyed the story thoroughly and couldn't wait to get to find out what happened in the end, although when the book did end they were very disappointed and wanted to read it all over again. The story was full of laughs and silly anecdotes that the children could relate to and make sense of. It was a truly inspiring story with lots of elements of feelings and happiness at the root of it. It sees a King and his royal servant 'The Cat - also known as tibbles, but he prefers The Cat', as they lose their castle because a fire breathing dragon scorches it. In the process they lose all of their belongings except for a few important things like the cat's tool box, the royal money box and the King's crown, he never takes that off. They have to then search for a property to move into and after much deliberation settle on a small house in a quiet Cul-de-sac called Castle Close. The King is not used to doing everyday tasks like lifting and making tea so he has to learn and fast. The Cat however is a very skilled and talented cat and has an awareness of everything except talking. He is able to complete most tasks but sometimes needs help from the King. Eventually the King learns to do chores and begins to get used to them. He does become very glum though because he misses the King things about his castle and royal life. So he decides to try to re-enact them in his new life and neighbourhood. By waving at passers-by when he travels by bus - instead of waving to his band playing his favourite songs as he stood on his balcony, sitting in his thrown - so instead he made a thrown with the help of clever cat who glued metallic toffee wrappers to the armchair bought at the car boot for 1p and attached a feather boa to make it look more regal. They even had a garden party to make up for missing out on many Royal Banquets in the king's banquetting suite. They invited their kind neighbours from next door and were delighted when they arrived. They all ate cake and played lawn games. But suddenly a dragon came and it was the same dragon as the one which burnt down the King's castle previously. He was not happy infact he was quite frightened so he and cat went inside and hid while the neighbours from next door, Mr and Mrs Cromwell fought the dragon off by throwing fizzed up 'King size Cola' at it, which eventually made the dragon burp. In embarassment the dragon flew away and was never seen again! This made the children laugh an awful lot. And they were very happy for the King.
These are the children's opinions about the book:
"I like the story because I liked when the King's servants were the bus drivers and the shopping people. And I like that the King had to do lots of jobs." GS aged 6
"I liked the servants because they pretended they were normal people and cheered for the King." AL aged 7
"I liked the story because the cat knows most things but the King doesn't and the cat teaches the king. Its funny that he is a cat and he does lots of things like write letters." TD aged 6
"I liked when the King went shopping and only paid 22p for all of the things that he had bought." GO aged 6
"I liked the bit where they had the garden party when the dragon came because it was really funny when it said what the dragon out. He only ate fiery things so he could breathe fire." KC aged 7
"I liked the book because I liked the cat. I like animals and I liked when the king and the cat went to the supermarket because I thought it was really funny when he had to queue up because he was not good at waiting." IPE aged 6
"I liked the cat because it was very clever how a cat could be more clever than a king. I liked that the king couldn't open the sandwich box. It was weird but funny. I like how the author coloured the pictures in because i've never seen a book like that." AD aged 7
"I liked the book because when they had the party in the garden the dragon came and the little boy from the neighbours thought it was an amazing cake. This bit was funny and it made me giggle." KBH aged 6
"I liked this book because it made me laugh. It was very funny. I liked the king because he couldn't do a lot." HM aged 7
"I liked the bit when they went shopping because he thought the Golden Syrup was for kings but it wasn't it was for everyone. It does sound royal though." HW aged 6

The children absolutely enjoyed this book and wouldn't change a thing about it. Many of them have asked their parents for it for Christmas.
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18th October '16
summerb read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
I loved this book especially the cat. It is funny. The king has his castle burnt down by a dragon and moves with the cat. The cat shows the King how to do different stuff such as tidying up. There are really nice pictures in this book and I loved it
1st October '16
Beatrice read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
My daughter, age 6, absolutely loved this book. Right from the start, she loved the cover in gold and red and felt immediately that it was regal. As a young reader, she was delighted to have a story with chapters, that she could read, understand the humour and enjoy the illustrations. She very much enjoyed the anticipation of what was going to happen next which resulted in the book being read quickly, with many laugh out loud moments. The jokes particularly were appreciated, and were pitched perfectly for her age. The relationship between the cat and the King was delightful and my daughter very much enjoyed reading their journey and learning how they adapted to surroundings that they were unaccustomed to, and the developing friendships made along the way. 
The illustrations are brilliant, all in red and black, which did create some questions from my daughter, but she did decide that she liked this and it made the book just a little quirky. My daughter said she felt like she wanted to visit the world in which the cat and the King lived.
A really nice touch was the recipe provided at the end - having read about the characters baking throughout the story, having a recipe to work through at the end was a great way to bring the story to life. The end result was very tasty too!
All in all, a really good read, so much so my daughter has started it again.
23rd November '16
ReadingPups read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
the cat and the king is an ausome book and it has a recipe for ROYAL shortbread which i have not tried.
10th November '16
I read it to AnnaC aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
loved loved loved this book - not least because we met Nick Sharratt and he read it to a group of children. A lovely story about a King and a cat who muddle along very nicely but have to move out of their castle due to an Unfortunate Incident with a dragon. If you like Nick Sharratts other stories and illustrations this is for you, some of the illustrations are very familiar (and all the better for that) -and its a story line that suits younger children (5-6) without being too dull.
17th January '17
I read it to RC13 aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This was such a fun book. My daughter loved-she enjoyed a move away from the traditional style King story. The pictures were great as it made the book a good step up from picture books we have been reading.
26th September '16
I read it to Bob1 aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
Huge fans of Nick Sharratt in our house, and this is another book by him that will not disappoint! It's perfect for a child who has just finished the reading scheme at school, and is now on to choosing their own library book as their reading book! Its got the right amount of words to illustrations, and of course Nick Sharratt has plenty of illustrations per page! The drawing of the King waving from the top of the bus had my daughter in stitches. The storyline is simple, but perfect for any 6-8 year old child. I enjoyed reading the book to my daughter who is 7.  There's also a recipe for 'royal shortbread' at the end - scrummy! Highly recommend. Definitely a book that would make a great present. 
11th September '16
I read it to rsa aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
We really liked this particular book. It didn't take long to read it. The Cat and the King have been forced to find a new home after their previous one was destroyed by a dragon. It is a lovely tale of friendship and embracing new experiences.The illustrations are charming and funny, as is the story itself. My son liked the part where the Cat makes cakes for the garden party for his neighbours. He thought the boar's head made from chocolate gateau was an excellent. He was quite keen to have a go at the Royal Shortbread recipe at the end of the book. He also thought it was quite funny seeing the King on a supermarket motorbike. Favourite moment was the vanquishing of the dragon at the end though. Great book.
4th October '16
I read it to Tilly aged 3 aged 3 & to TabbyLou aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
What a lovely, lovely book! That age-old problem - where would you live if (heaven forbid!) your castle was burned down by a dragon? The answers are within the pages of this fantastic story, and what an adventure it is (after the dragon problems) for the King to learn lots of new skills like opening his front door, navigating the isles in a supermarket, making new friends and finding bargains at a car boot sale with his friend, the cat, to name but a few of the adventures they share, which we think he quite enjoyed! I particularly love the brilliant illustrations, full of detail, and the minimalist use of colour which makes them really stand out. A really comical and heart-warming story, and we love the way the cat loves and cares for him. And it has a happy-ever-after ending, which is a relief! Perfect for our seven year old to read on her own too, and for her to read to her little sister. She often reads her a bedtime story. Fab recipe at the end for Royal Shortbread which we will definitely be making! 
27th October '16
popsy read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
I really enjoyed this book a lot, it's appealing front covers gold shine is very attractive. The king lived in a grand castle with servants and his cat, however this castle is burnt down by a dragon. The cat has to teach him how do do things by his self eventually he kind of gets it, but when the dragon comes back ... read what happens in this fabulous book !!!   
21st March '17
Hermione read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
I really loved this book! The King was my favourite character because he was funny and silly. My favourite bit was the surprise at the garden party. I really liked the illustrations. This book was so good I read it in one day! 
24th September '16
Suzanne read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
The Cat and the King 9781407135083
5 stars
If you like adventure, humour, good fighting evil and most of all, cats, these are all here in this book.The Cat and the King have been forced to leave the castle and find a new home after dragon's attack. They chose a house with 37 number at Castle Close. As their lives differ now from what they had there (with no servants etc) they have to face a real life problems (like shopping or entertaining the new neighbours).
There's not TOO much text and each page relates to new illustrations, so you don't have a problem with keeping up with what was going on. It made it easy to read. We liked the style of drawing though, and the idea. This book is extremely funny and it was such a pleasure to read it.
Ps. Great writing style
26th September '16
ejpot read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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4 stars
I liked reading this book. The pictures were really nice and helped to tell the story. 
It was about a king and his friend cat who had to leave the castle after a dragon attack. It was a nice adventure and i found it funny in places.

I think the book is for younger children to read I found it easy and it didn't take me long. 
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Nick Sharratt Biography

Nick Sharratt is a much-respected illustrator and author of children’s books. He was born in London in 1962 and spent his childhood in Suffolk, Nottinghamshire and Manchester.

From a very early age Sharratt loved to draw so it was no surprise that when he left school he decided to go to Manchester Polytechnic to do a foun...

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About Nick Sharratt

Nick Sharratt Biography

Nick Sharratt is a much-respected illustrator and author of children’s books. He was born in London in 1962 and spent his childhood in Suffolk, Nottinghamshire and Manchester.

From a very early age Sharratt loved to draw so it was no surprise...

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