I am Doodle Cat:
Book review by Trevor Agnew
I Am Doodle Cat (2014) Kat Patrick, Lauren Marriott, Beatnik, 32 pages, hardback
ISBN 978 0 9922648 2 6
“I am Doodle Cat. I love ice cream.” is the unexpected boast of the feline hero of this picture book. With one short sentence per page, Doodle Cat also lays claim claims to loving trees lentils, stars and dancing. Some of the items on the list of things he loves can be unexpected. “I love fractals.” This declaration is accompanied by a diagram that will set young minds enquiring. Other items will set young readers snickering. “I love farts.”
Doodle Cat may be cute but is never sentimental. The double-page spread which supports his claim, “I love maths,” shows the corpses of three birds and four lizards, along with two hair balls and “3.5 worming tablets I pretended to swallow.”
Lauren Marriot’s lively and imaginative illustrations show Doodle Cat in all his moods and enable young readers to appreciate the implications of some of his list. For example “I love difference” is accompanied by a double page picture of an amazing array of thirty cats of all sizes, shapes and colours.
The final question is passed to the reader: “Who do you love?”
Kat Patrick has decorated the endpapers with the explanations for some of Doodle’s choices, so that we learn what is important about oceans, farts, differences and – yes – even fractals.
Recent edition info:I Am Doodle Cat (2014) Kat Patrick, Lauren Marriott, Beatnik, 32 pages, hardback ISBN 978 0 9922648 2 6