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Cyril and Pat

Written by Emily Gravett

Illustrated by Emily Gravett

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LoveReading View on Cyril and Pat

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2019

Award-winning author/ illustrator Emily Gravett explores the fun of being friends but different in this light-hearted and playful picture book. Sad Cyril the squirrel is all alone in the park until he finds a meets Pat. Together Cyril and Pat have a great time playing all kinds of games and making sure each other is safe – especially from the fierce dog Slim. Does it matter that they are different? Everyone else thinks so but Cyril and Pat know that they can be the best of friends come what may. Readers will love knowing the joke, and the point, before Cyril and Pat get it! 

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Find out more about the UKLA Book Awards here

Julia Eccleshare's Picks for June 2019:

Squirm by Carl Hiaasen

Molly Moon’s Mission by Duncan Beedie

Duck and Penguin are Not Friends by Julia Woolf

Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett

Owen & the Soldier by Lisa Thompson


Emily Gravett has interviewed Cyril and Pat especially for LoveReading4Kids! Find out what their favourite snack is, how they relax and what would be their super power!


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Cyril and Pat Synopsis

Cyril is the only squirrel in Lake Park, and he's very lonely. Until one day he meets Pat - Pat the big, grey . . . other squirrel. Cyril and Pat have lots of adventures and fun together and Cyril is so pleased he's made a friend. But everyone says that Cyril and Pat simply cannot be friends, and they soon reveal why: Pat, as the reader has known all along, is actually a RAT! But Cyril's life turns out to be a lot duller and quite a bit scarier without Pat by his side, and in the end the two friends learn that some things are more important than being the same, or listening to others.

Cyril and Pat Press Reviews

A colourful, rhyming story about friendship against the odds. Funny and endearing, Cyril's experience celebrates independent thought and the joy of difference. - BookTrust's 2018 Great Books Guide

With just a few sentences on each page, the colourful pictures add to the story, making it perfect for readers and great to share - Primary Times

Filled with the anarchic energy of these defiant buddies cutting capers, it's enormous fun to read aloud, and a paean to loyal friendship in the teeth of opposition - Guardian

Have your hearts melted by the touching duo and learn that friendship is truly worth fighting for in this funny yet tender story. - Ni4Kids

This comic, summery picturebook invitingly depicts an urban park and is the rhyming story of a friendship between Cyril, a squirrel, and Pat, a... something else. It shows how difference doesn't matter and will make readers feel one step ahead. - Sunday Times

Gravett’s stunning illustrations and witty rhyming text make this another sure-fire hit. - The Mail on Sunday

Charming book set to be a stayer in all shelves. Touching and funny story about friendship and acceptance from one of our all-time favourites. - Angels & Urchins

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781509857289
Publication date: 30/05/2019
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781509857272
Publication date: 10/07/2018
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509857289
Publication date: 30th May 2019
Author: Emily Gravett
Illustrator: Emily Gravett
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Humorous, Animals
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Collections: 70 Brilliant Books about Friendships,

About Emily Gravett

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors.     Emily Gravett has a rare talent indeed for creating exceptional books for children. The winner of two Kate Greenaway Awards, her skill and wit are second to none as she pushes the boundaries and wrings maximum fun and detail from every page. Emily first sprang into the limelight with the ground-breaking Wolves, in 2005, which has been followed by such brilliant modern classics as Meerkat Mail, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears, Monkey and Me and The Odd Egg and the fabulous Bear and Hare series for ...

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