- Publisher: Bodley Head Children's Books
- Format: Hardback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 160mm x 216mm x 34mm | 499g
- Publication date: 2 February 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0370332067
- ISBN 13: 9780370332062
- Illustrations note: B+W t/o
- Sales rank: 462,695
Barney Willow thinks life couldn't get any worse. He's weedy, with sticky-out ears. Horrible Gavin Needle loves tormenting him - Barney has no idea why. And headteacher-from-hell Miss Whipmire seems determined to make every second of Barney's existence a complete misery! Worst of all, Dad has been missing for almost a year, and there's no sign of him ever coming home. Barney just wants to escape. To find another life...Being a cat, for example. A quiet, lazy cat. Things would be so much easier - right? Barney's about to discover just how wrong he is. Because he's about to wake up as a cat - and not just any cat. Gavin Needle's cat...This is a fast, exciting story from the winner of the Gold Smarties Award, with illustrations from the brilliantly dark and mischievous Pete Williamson.
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Matt Haig was born in Sheffield in 1975 and grew up in Nottinghamshire. He has lived in London and Ibiza. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, Sunday Times, Independent, Sydney Morning Herald and the Face. His first novel for children, Shadow Forest, won the Gold Smarties Award. Matt has also written several novels for adults.
"To Be a Cat will certainly appeal to readers of his earlier book, Shadow Forest, which won the Smarties Gold Award, and the book will be publicised by way of a national tour by the author" -- Caroline Horn The Bookseller 20111209 "I loved To Be A Cat. It's very funny and surprising and somehow the basic concept, which is certainly an unusual one, works brilliantly ... And I absolutely love child protagonists who READ!" -- John Boyne "Paul Gallico wrote a plangent novel along similar lines in Jeannie, but here instead is the black comedy that made Matt Haig's Shadow Forest so irresistable" -- Amanda Craig The Times 20120121 "Magic and grim realism meet in this sharply comic tale of wish fulfilment and the inherent untrustowrthiness of felines ... there are definite echoes of Roald Dahl throughout" -- Helen Mulley Teach Primary 20120401 "A great read, exciting with many unexpected twists and turns ... It is a clever, funny and scary story and will appeal to Roald Dahl fans ready for a more sophisticated read" The School Librarian
Back cover copy
Be careful what you wish for . . .
Life couldn't get any worse for twelve-year-old Barney Willow. He's weedy, with sticky-out ears. Evil bully Gavin Needle and horrible headteacher-from-hell Miss Whipmire both seem determined to make his existence a complete and utter misery. Mum doesn't seem to care, not that she's around very often. Worst of all, Dad has been missing for almost a year - and there's no sign of him ever coming home. Barney just wants to escape. To find another life, where his problems would simply disappear... To be a cat, for example. A quiet, lazy, pampered, snoozing-by-the-fire cat. Things would be so much easier - right? Barney's about to discover just how wrong he is . . . An imaginative, exciting and darkly funny story from the winner of the Nestle Children's Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award.