This is a delightful companion to Dodd’s I Don’t Want a Posh Dog, where again animals with attitude stalk, amble, prance, sprawl across her double-page spreads. The rhythmic rhyming text, brilliant for reading aloud, introduces a variety of unsuitable felines until eventually the little girl narrator finds a cat that she can call ‘My own cat’!
Dodd’s characteristic line is strong, clearly outlining her subjects and allowing for an infill of colour ranging from muted to bright. While some pages are filled with the bulk of an over-fluffy cat, others are allowed plenty of space to emphasise scale. There is lots to share and talk about in this picture book, whether in a classroom or on a one-to-one basis. Dodd is becoming known for her characterful animal creations and the cats on these pages are delightful additions to her menagerie.