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How to Teach Your Cat a Trick
in Five Easy Steps
By (author): Nicola Winstanley Illustrated by: Zoe Si
Nicola Winstanley ,

Illustrated by :

Zoe Si


Tundra Books



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Children: Age (years) 3 - 7, Grade (US) P - 2
Sep 27, 2022
$21.99 CAD


7.81in x 9.13 x 0.46 in | 0.8 lb

Page Count:

52 pages


Tundra Books
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!

FOLLOW UP TO HUGELY SUCCESSFUL FIRST BOOK: Nicola’s first how-to book, How to Give Your Cat a Bath, sold incredibly well and got great reviews from PW, NYT, SLJ and a starred review from Booklist.

EXCITING NEW ILLUSTRATOR, SAME DESIGN: This book features Zoe Si, a frequent cartoon contributor to The New Yorker and up-and-coming children’s book illustrator.

HILARIOUS CONTENT: This book has the same meta, tongue-in-cheek style and deadpan humor, with the addition of a dog foil who does the trick every time.

SWEET ENDING: The cat does eventually do the trick — lying down — all on his own, with the dog and the boy for company.

DIVERSE CHARACTER: The main character is a person of colour.

MULTIPLE MARKETS: Great for trade, gift and institutional markets.

NICOLA WINSTANLEY has always believed in the power of stories to bring comfort. She is the author of The Pirate’s Bed, A Bedtime Yarn, How to Give Your Cat a Bath and Cinnamon Baby, which won an honor prize for the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award and was shortlisted for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Nicola lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her family, a huge cat, and a tiny dog.

Author Residence: Hamilton, Ontario

ZOE SI is a cartoonist and illustrator living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. She has a lifelong passion for laughing at her own jokes and is always looking for new ways to tell stories with her art. Zoe holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of British Columbia and practiced law for a number of years. She now spends her days making children’s books, cartooning and writing for The New Yorker, freelance illustrating, and drawing comics of everything in sight. In her spare time, she enjoys climbing mountains and petting dogs, especially her own.

Illustrator Residence: Vancouver, BC

Publicity: Tell/show us your fave cat trick organic campaign

Re-promote with How to Give Your Cat a Bath

Author Website: www.nicolawinstanley.com / www.zoe-si.com

Author Social Media: @NicWinstanley / @zoesees

“[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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