I Want A Cat by Tony Ross

I Want A Cat

Written by Tony Ross

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Jessy uses every trick she knows to make sure her parents give her the pet she wants…Delightfully wicked humour with a great twist at the end.


I Want A Cat by Tony Ross

Jessy wants a cat and her parents can't stand cats. But Jessy is determined to have one, so she makes herself a fluffy white cat suit and refuses to take it off until her parents buy her a cat. Jessy's parents finally give in, but to their surprise, Jessy seems to have changed her mind about wanting a cat, and has her sights set on something else.


A simple story effectively illustrated, capturing all the contrariness of small children whose most passionate desires are often thwarted by adults. Sunday Times Great stuff this, with much fun to be shared equally between children and parents. Junior Bookshelf Ideal for three to seven-year-olds. Parents This 1989 book's reissue is worth mentioning. The text and illustrations are in a coloured pencil style that matched the irrepressible character of Jessy. Nursery World

About the Author

Tony Ross

Born in 1938 in Wandsworth, South London, Tony Ross never though about a career in art, but says he fell into it after his dream of being a cowboy disintegrated when a letter he wrote to John Wayne was never replied to.

After Liverpool College of Art, Tony became an art director at an Advertising Agency but after a particularly bad day in the office he gave up his job to go into teaching at Manchester Polytechnic.

His first book was published in 1976 and as well as his own, he has illustrated over 1000 books for authors such as Roald Dahl, David Walliams, Paula Danziger and Michael Palin, which are published all over the world. His series of books written with Jeanne Willis featuring the extra terrestrial teacher, Dr Xargle, has established a huge following of fans. As has his fantastic and fun illustrations in the Horrid Henry series. A TV adaptation of his much-loved Little Princess series is currently showing on Channel 5’s Milkshake.

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


Tony Ross
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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

5th July 2007




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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