The Catawampus Cat (Hardcover)

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By Jason Carter Eaton, Gus Gordon (Illustrator)
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The catawampus cat strolls into town, slightly askew. Slowly the residents begin to notice him, and tilt their heads trying to figure him out. And as they shift their perspective, they see the world from a whole new angle!

And then the cat does what only a cat would, stretches and straightens himself out and strolls right back out of town without a word.

Great Illustrations and a funny story."

--Meg, Longfellow Books

— From Meg Recommends!


A tilted tale about a cat who sees the world from an unusual point of view, written by the hilarious Jason Carter Eaton (How to Train a Train) and illustrated by the equally humorous Gus Gordon (Herman and Rosie).
catawampus (cat-a-wam-pus) n. 1. Diagonal or at an angle. 2. Askew, awry.
The catawampus cat walks with a slant. And his skewed point of view has everyone in town looking at everything with fresh eyes. Even Bushy Brows Billiam who never notices anything, including what time class is over, spots the catawampus cat, and now he’s a star student! And when the town librarian sees the catawampus cat, she pulls the “wrong” book from the shelf, sending her into a life of adventure. The catawampus cat is in town and everything is about to change.

About the Author

Jason Carter Eaton was born at a 44-degree angle and has only gotten more diagonal with age. He now leans so far over that he’s nearly upside down. While attempting to write his life story, he accidentally composed several children’s books, including Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians!; Bubble Trouble; How to Train a Train; and How to Track a Truck. He also wrote the story for the film Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, which few people realize was meant to be performed entirely in a Swedish accent. Jason lives in a very off-kilter house in Tarrytown, New York, with his way sideways wife, two tilting children, a diagonal dog, and of course, a catawampus cat.
Gus Gordon cannot remember a time when he has stood in a perfectly upright position. He walks with such a perilous lean that most people think he is about to topple over, so this book seems quite normal to him. Admittedly he is tired of walking in circles and continually grazing his ears on the sidewalk. Gus is an author and illustrator of more than eighty children’s books. His most recent picture book, Herman and Rosie, has won many awards and has been sold into twelve countries. Gus lives in Australia in his leaning house with his wife, three kids, and a skew-whiff cat called Pippin. Visit him at

Praise For…

"Gordon’s engaging charcoal and wash spreads, enlivened with collage elements, supply the tilted special effects, while Eaton’s (How to Track a Truck) fond portrait of small-town life reminds readers that a slight change in outlook can transform everything."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780553509717
ISBN-10: 0553509713
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 21st, 2017
Pages: 32
Language: English