Flat Cat by Hiawyn Oram – Book Review

Flat Cat by Hiawyn Oram – Book Review

Flat Cat by Hiawyn Oram

Flat Cat

Author – Hiawyn Oram
Illustrator – Gwen Millward
Publisher – Walker Books
Pages – 32
Released – 6th February 2020
ISBN-13 – 978-1406390322
Format – paperback, hardcover
Review by – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
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Sophie absolutely adores Jimi and smothers him with treats. She thinks he has everything a cat could possibly desire. And Jimi does … but he doesn’t … because secretly Jimi longs to explore the bright and bustling world outside. So when Sophie rushes out one day forgetting her keys, there’s only one thing for it: Jimi slips on his coat and skedaddles out of there, too!

Where will he go and who will he meet on those wild and exciting streets? And what on earth will Sophie say?

Children and parents alike will rejoice in this funny, stylish and heart-warming celebration of freedom, adventure, friendship and love.

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Jimi-My-Jim is a cat who lives in an apartment block with his owner Sophie and her parents. Every day when the humans leave the building Jimi sits and watches the world go by as he can’t leave the building as there is no cat flap and they don’t let him out.

Over time Jimi feels more and more deflated about his situation. Then one day when the humans leave in a rush they forget to take their keys with them and so Jimi uses them to let himself out of the apartment. He sets off to go and have some fun, starting with meeting the cat he has been watching from his window, Blanche.

Whilst out he meets lots of other cats, and a few dogs too and realises that there is more to life than watching it go by in the window.

Flat Cat is an amusing young children’s picture book about a cat that has essentially become depressed as he is stuck inside all day, every day whilst he can only sit and watch all the other cats below having fun without him. He’s lonely, yes he has his owner but she isn’t a cat. He wants to meet others like himself and he wants to have a life outside of the apartment walls.

The book is beautifully illustrated with full-page, bright, colourful drawings that bring the story to life. I felt really sorry for Jimi and was so pleased when he finally got to go out and meet other cats, although not so much at him inviting them all back to his home for a party!

A short but very sweet story that would make the perfect bedtime read.

Book Reviewer – Stacey

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About the Author

Hiawyn Oram Flat Cat

Hiawyn has had a hundred children’s books published in more than 26 languages. Many have been used on children’s programmes, including Book Tower, Jackanory, and The Tweenies. She has also written scripts for children’s animation series and book and lyrics for musicals including the highly acclaimed ‘THE VACKEES’ and the concert piece ‘LAST TRAIN TO TOMORROW.’

When she’s not writing she paints and has had several successful exhibitions.

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