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Hat Cat

by (author) Troy Wilson

illustrated by Eve Coy

Candlewick Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2022
Cats, Friendship, Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2022
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


When Hat the cat’s doting human friend doesn’t come home for a while, will a young visitor offer the lonely kitty a taste of freedom? A gentle, touching story for cat lovers of all ages.

Ever since the old man found a little kitten under his hat, the two have been the best of friends. There are always plenty of kitty rubs and food and talk to go around. Every day, Hat watches as the old man goes outside to sit and feed the squirrels with nuts he places on top of his hat. But Hat the cat is not allowed to join him. What if Hat ran away, or chased the squirrels—or worse? Then the old man leaves and does not come back the next day, or the one after that. When people come by to take care of Hat until the old man returns, will one little girl give Hat the chance he’s been hoping for? Troy Wilson’s tender prose, along with Eve Coy’s charmingly detailed illustrations, brings readers a sweet story about companionship, love, and trust.

About the authors


Troy Wilson est l'auteur du livre Les cancans du canard publié aux Éditions Scholastic. Il a également écrit plusieurs histoires pour enfants publiées dans les magazines chickaDEE, Chirp et Highlights for Children. Troy n'a pas tenu de kiosque de limonade quand il était jeune. Il affirme aussi qu'il n'a jamais rivalisé avec son petit frère, sauf quand ils jouaient à des jeux vidéo. Troy habite à Victoria, en Colombie-Britannique.


Troy Wilson was born in Port Alberni, British Columbia, and currently lives in Victoria. Though he is best known as the author of the beloved and best-selling picture book Perfect Man, he has also written numerous kids' stories for Chickadee, Chirp, and Highlights for Children. Troy has given well-received presentations at schools, libraries, bookstores, festivals, and conferences across Canada.

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Editorial Reviews

Wilson is a canny storyteller who uses rhythmic changes and repetition to make each beat right . . . . Anyone who’s been unfairly maligned will derive special satisfaction as Hat eventually gains a chance to prove himself in this gentle picture book.

—Publishers Weekly

This gentle tale of a kindly old man who dotes on squirrels and his kitten is moving in its simplicity. Rendered in soft color washes, the realistic illustrations create a quiet atmosphere. . . . A sweet peek at the bond between a man and his cat.

—Kirkus Reviews

Charming pastel watercolors and colored pencil illustrations depict a cozy, plant-filled home and an amiable relationship between cat and human.
—School Library Journal

An affecting, reassuring portrayal of found family.


Human help, and a little mutual confidence, save the day in this lovely story about returning the trust that our pets give to us.
—Foreword Reviews

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