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    DescriptionBarney 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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    Title
    To be a Cat
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Matt Haig
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 161 mm
    Height: 222 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 511 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780370332062
    ISBN 10: 0370332067
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.1
    BIC E4L: FAN
    BIC subject category V2: YFH
    BIC E4L: F9+
    BIC reading level and special interest qualifier V2: 5AK
    BIC children’s book marketing category: D3N79
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 12500
    BIC subject category V2: YF, 5AK
    BISAC V2.8: JUV037000
    DC23: 823.92
    Illustrations note
    B+W t/o
    Publisher
    Random House Children's Publishers UK
    Imprint name
    Bodley Head Children's Books
    Publication date
    02 February 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "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
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    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.