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The Cat Who Couldn't Be Bothered

"Gorgeous, funny picture book with an important life message"

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February 2024 Debut of the Month

The cat at the centre of this story can’t be bothered to do anything, anything at all. His cat friends suggest all sorts of activities, from going to a party or exploring, to a trip to Mars and playing the trombone. No matter how exciting or unusual these suggestions, they get the same response every time, ‘I can’t be bothered’.

It’s only when one of them asks, ‘What’s up, Greg?’ that things change. Greg is feeling sad: ‘All I want to do is nothing.’ Showing high levels of understanding and empathy, the friends ask if they can do nothing with him. And they do, the not quite final page showing them lying down like Greg.

We know that’s exactly the support he needed. The text is simple enough for the youngest child to read and understand and the images – black and white Greg, slumped and fixed while his friends, all depicted in the brightest of colours, leap joyfully across the pages – convey so much about the nature of sadness and how best to help.

Andrea Reece

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A very simple look at what feeling down might look like in our friends

At first the cat just comes across as moody as he turns down all his friends' offers to play. But as the story goes on, the friends realise that there is more going on behind the cat's grumpiness and he needs their help and empathy.... Read Full Review

Seren Mellish

Both me and my son enjoyed reading this book.

Both me and my son enjoyed reading this book. It might look simple but it is very attractive and easy for my almost 6 years old son to read it by himself. The story is short, nice and fun. There is a meaning in the book which is easy and important for a child to understand.... Read Full Review

Diana Nedeva

My favourite thing in the book was the colours of the other animals.

My favourite thing in the book was the colours of the other animals

I was sad when he was sad

It was funny because they got his name wrong, his name was actually Gareth

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