Matilda's Cat

Emily Gravett (Author)


This delightful picture book with Emily Gravett's signature twist ending sweetly depicts the relationship between a child and her beloved pet.

Matilda is desperate to figure out what her cat will enjoy. She tries everything she can think of: climbing trees, playing with wool, even tea parties and dress-up games, but as Matilda gets more and more creative in her entertainment attempts, her cat moves from unimpressed to terrified. Will Matilda ever figure out what her cat likes?

In the style of Dogs and Monkey and Me, this young picture book from Emily Gravett is an insightful, fond, and funny look at the relationship between a little girl and her cat that's sure to strike a chord with anyone who's ever loved a pet.

Product Details

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
March 18, 2014
10.0 X 0.6 X 9.9 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author

Emily Gravett is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including Matilda's Cat, Again!, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal), Meerkat Mail, Tidy, and Old Hat. Her first book, Wolves, was the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award for Illustration. Her second book, Orange Pear Apple Bear, was a Quills Award finalist, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and on the shortlist for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Emily lives in Brighton, England, with her partner, their daughter, and the family dog. Visit her at


Gravett's humor generally runs from giddy to Gothic; in this story, it's toward the sweeter end of the spectrum.--Publishers Weekly
A master of animal countenance, Gravett pairs an expressive cat with a busy kid and winks at the difference between textual and visual message...the shrewd and skillful art implies sly underlying affection even when the cat's nonplussed, worried or asleep. Even Matilda's cat would like this.--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"[Matilda] resembles Sendak's Max both in her furry outfit and clamorous demeanor...The contradiction between the text and the put-upon cat's comical expressions is the real hoot here, and young pet owners will particularly relate to Matilda's desire to have her cat behave according to her whims."--BCCB
"Gravett's charming pictures of the determined girl and her skeptical cat are full of funny details as the two struggle to figure out what they have in common."--New York Times Book Review
*"The interplay between Emily Gravett's text and artwork are as humorous as the interactions of Matilda and her cat...Every child will be able to relate to Matilda's comical attempts to lure in her cat, and her complete inability to do so."--Shelf Awareness, starred review
"The energetic watercolor artwork is pure Gravett, with plenty of visual jokes and with characters--girl and cat--who express their feelings with every fiber of their being."--School Library Journal