To Be a Cat by Matt Haig

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...although the transmogrification – Haig refers to it as plain old metamorphosis, but I think he missed a trick there – doesn't actually happen until page 60, the cat is out of the bag from the very outset.
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When Barney’s feline fantasy comes true, the fur starts flying in this darkly hilarious and heartwarming tale.

Cats have it made. They laze in sun patches, are showered with affection by loving humans, can cough up hairballs wherever they want, and never have to wonder why their dad disappeared one day and never came back. It’s clearly much easier to be a cat than to be a middle school boy.

So when Barney Willow wishes he could be a cat, and gets his wish, he should be thrilled. Except he’s not. He discovers that not all cats are cute and cuddly, and some of them are downright evil. He discovers that his own mother can’t see past the whiskers to recognize her darling son. Worst of all, he discovers that his life is in grave danger…and he doesn’t have eight lives to spare.
 

About Matt Haig

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Matt Haig’s first novel for young readers, Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest, won the UK’s Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and the Gold Smarties Award. He is also the author of various adult novels, including The Labrador Pact and The Radleys. Reviewers have called his writing “totally engrossing,” “touching, quirky and macabre,” and “so surprising and strange it vaults into a realm of his own.” His books have been translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in York, England, and assures us he has never, ever been a cat—despite rumors that he was once a rather grumpy ginger tabby named Jeffrey.Stacy Curtis finds it purr-fectly impawsible he’s ever been a cat. He is, however, a cartoonist, illustrator, printmaker, and twin who has illustrated more than twenty-five books for children, including the New York Times bestseller The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. He and his wife, Jann, life in the Chicago area and happily share their home with two dogs, Derby and Inky, and no cats.
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 306 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Sapphirebooklover on Oct 18 2012

I absolutely loved this book and everything about it. It had the same amount of action, drama, romance and adventure all stuffed inside it, making it a great all rounder.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Philip Ardagh on Apr 20 2012

...although the transmogrification – Haig refers to it as plain old metamorphosis, but I think he missed a trick there – doesn't actually happen until page 60, the cat is out of the bag from the very outset.

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Below average
on Mar 20 2013

Simultaneously predictable and quirky, this will likely appeal to the author’s fans but may not attract new readers.

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