One day, Jeremy wakes up at the vet’s with a giant cone around his head. In a momentary existential crisis, he resigns himself to his new role as clumsy, smelly Cone Cat. That is, until the cone becomes instrumental in lapping up the last few bites of cereal on the breakfast table.
Surprisingly, Cone Cat can do a lot of things old Jeremy couldn’t. He can hunt spiders with ease, collect stuffing from the couch, and disguise himself as a bowl to steal a scoop of ice cream at a birthday party. When the cone is removed the next day, Jeremy starts to miss it. Will he ever get another chance to indulge in the tricks he pulled off as Cone Cat? It doesn’t take him too long to find out …
With lively illustrations and plenty of wit, this hilarious picture book about adapting to seemingly im-paw-ssible situations is sure to please kids and cat-lovers alike.
SARAH HOWDEN is an author and editor who lives with her husband and daughter in Toronto, Ontario. This is her first picture book.
CARMEN MOK is an award-winning children’s book illustrator. After studying studio art University of Waterloo and design at Sheridan College, she decided to dedicate herself to children’s illustration. Carmen lives in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
"Readers will find it hard to resist the prickly charms of this expressive sourpuss."
"Jeremy and his Cone friend are awfully funny! ... It is an imaginative look for a silver lining to a humiliating situation for the cat."
"Jeremy is an Everycat’s cat, prone to sulky faces, yogi-esque licking, and couch-clawing... [his] discovery that his hated cone might have its benefits is a casual lesson in making the best of a bad situation."
"Here’s a worthy companion for Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty, Jack Gantos’ Rotten Ralph, and other perversely lovable feline bad behavers."
"Funny depictions of a cat and his cone. One day a nimble and free-roaming cat; the next, caught in the cone of shame. Or is it such a shame? Leftover milk and cereal are much more tippable with a head cone and when the person with the ice cream scoop is a little preoccupied, a cat in a cone is in a perfect position for dessert! And spiders are much easier to corral for a first taste (but maybe that was best left as an experiment for others). Cone Cat was really fun!"
"The morals of adapting to change and making the best of a bad situation are sure to resonate with all young readers."
"Cone Cat is not preachy in any way, but it could lead to some interesting conversations about how not everything that seems bad has to be bad... Cone Cat is a delight."
"This amusing, essentially one-joke tale should resonate with cat-loving kids and families."