REVIEW: Cone Cat by Sarah Howden
One day, Jeremy wakes up at the vet’s with a giant cone around his head. In a momentary existential crisis, he resigns himself to his new role as clumsy, smelly Cone Cat. That is, until the cone becomes instrumental in lapping up the last few bites of cereal on the breakfast table.
Surprisingly, Cone Cat can do a lot of things old Jeremy couldn’t. He can hunt spiders with ease, collect stuffing from the couch, and disguise himself as a bowl to steal a scoop of ice cream at a birthday party. When the cone is removed the next day, Jeremy starts to miss it. Will he ever get another chance to indulge in the tricks he pulled off as Cone Cat? It doesn’t take him too long to find out …
With lively illustrations and plenty of wit, this hilarious picture book about adapting to seemingly im-paw-ssible situations is sure to please kids and cat-lovers alike.
Poor Jeremy. He wakes up at the (Evil) Vet and is wearing [gasp] a cone of shame. Oh, the indignity. Life will never be the same. Until he discovers that life might just be … better. In ways. Hunting, stashing sofa stuffing, cadging some ice cream [yum]? There are things that Cone Cat can do that Jeremy couldn’t.
The Cone Cat/Jeremy illustrations are adorable and the text is delightful. I loved Jeremy’s inventiveness and ability to “think outside the cone.” As a cat lover and servant I immediately read the book again. And again. It’s clever and witty enough for adults but understandable for children, too. B+