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Children's Fiction Cats

How to Teach Your Cat a Trick

in Five Easy Steps

by (author) Nicola Winstanley

illustrated by Zoe Si

Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Cats, Humorous Stories, Imagination & Play
  • Hardback

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

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


In this hilarious and clever follow-up to How to Give Your Cat a Bath, a boy, a dog and a know-it-all narrator are thwarted by a cat who refuses to learn a trick. The perfect read-aloud for fans of Interrupting Chicken.

Step one: Decide on a trick
Step two: Get some treats ready
Step three: Hold the treat in your hand and ask your cat to do the trick
Step four: Watch your cat do exactly what you asked him to do
Step five: Reward your cat for doing the trick

Simple, right?

This spoof on an instruction manual features an increasingly bewildered human, a nonchalant cat, a very good dog and a know-it-all narrator . . . who really doesn't know it all. How DO you teach a cat a trick? Read on to find out!

About the authors

Nicola Winstanley has always loved to write; but it wasn't until her daughter was born that she started writing stories for children. Nicola considers herself lucky because she gets to read children's books all the time — it's the best part of the day for her. She's also lucky because she gets to read fledgling writers, as she teaches writing to students at Humber College in Toronto.

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Zoe Si is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated cartoonist and illustrator with a lifelong passion for laughing at her own jokes. After practicing law for a number of years, she now spends her days making children's books, cartooning and writing funny articles for the New Yorker, and drawing comics. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and a large, fluffy dog.

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  • Short-listed, The Joan Betty Stuchner - Oy Vey! - Funniest Children's Book Award

Editorial Reviews

"[A]n air of classic Sunday comics. . . . Droll humor at its best for both dog and cat lovers." —Kirkus Reviews
"[A] funny, sweet story that highlights what all cat owners know: cats will do what they want, when they want." —CM Reviews

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