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Flat Cat

Author Tara Lazar
Illustrated by Pete Oswald
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Hardcover
$18.99 US
9"W x 11.31"H x 0.38"D   (22.9 x 28.7 x 1.0 cm) | 15 oz (415 g) | 24 per carton
On sale Sep 19, 2023 | 40 Pages | 978-0-593-40457-7
Age 3-7 years | Preschool - 2
Reading Level: Lexile AD530L | Fountas & Pinnell L
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*"This amusing picture book is fun for reading aloud." --Booklist (starred review)

From Pete Oswald, New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Bad Seed series, and Tara Lazar, critically acclaimed author of 7 Ate 9, comes Flat Cat, the story of a cool cat who learns that sometimes life is about finding the best of both worlds.

"Whimsy, wonder, and wacky humor in just the right proportions." --GeekMom


Flat Cat was born flat. He wasn't squashed by an out-of-control ice cream truck, or smushed in a waffle iron. He was just flat. This slick, sly cat could stray and roam anywhere he pleased, keen and unseen. And wouldn't you know it, Flat Cat liked it just like that.

That is until one day, when Flat Cat accidentally fell splish splosh right in the wash. And when he emerged from the dryer, Flat Cat wasn't flat at all. He was adorably puffy and downright fluffy! And Flat Cat wasn’t sure how he felt about that.

From acclaimed author Tara Lazar and brought to life by #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Pete Oswald, this is a hilariously quirky and irreverent story that is sure to appeal to fans of Pete the Cat!

Praise for Flat Cat:
"Lazar’s wryly humorous tale won’t leave young audiences flat, while Oswald’s purple-tinged cartoon depictions of this Flat Stanley–style feline add their share of giggles (as usual). A hilarious reminder that versatility will have you feline fine." --Kirkus reviews

"Featuring groovy text, it’s a Flat Stanley-flavored take on rolling with the punches and fluidly embracing newfound facets and friends." --Publishers Weekly

"Perfect for cat lovers who wonder how their feline escape artists seemingly walk through doors." --BCCB
"Whimsy, wonder, and wacky humor in just the right proportions." --GeekMom

*"Oswald brings Flat Cat to life in digital pictures incorporating gouache textures. Drawn with quiet humor, the expressive, imaginative illustrations contrast the cat’s self-sufficient demeanor with his inner need for affection. Lazar’s narrative shifts in tone as the cool cat is transformed into an adorable one and back, until he realizes what he really wants. As the narrator comments in closing, “Smooth moves, Flat Cat!” This amusing picture book is fun for reading aloud." --Booklist (starred review)

"Flat or fluffy, is there a better way to be? Lazar’s wryly humorous tale won’t leave young audiences flat, while Oswald’s purple-tinged cartoon depictions of this Flat Stanley–style feline add their share of giggles (as usual).  A hilarious reminder that versatility will have you feline fine." --Kirkus reviews


"The “slick, sly” feline protagonist of this picture book is two-dimensional and loving it: his “smooth moves” involve roaming any place he pleases and snoozing “in any nook and cranny,” including, as purple-tinted, thick-lined digital art by Oswald (Sleepy Sheepy) shows, draped over a towel bar . . . Featuring groovy text, it’s a Flat Stanley-flavored take on rolling with the punches and fluidly embracing newfound facets and friends." --Publishers Weekly


"Oswald’s gouache art depicts Flat Cat in all his purple, sunglasses-clad glory as he saunters in his flattened form through a pastel world of candy shops and city parks. That suaveness makes his transformation into a rumpled ball of fluff especially humorous; viewers will laugh at Flat Cat’s death glare as the text boldly proclaims him “The most adorable, puffy, furry, fuzzy-wuzzy feline you ever did see!” This silly, nonsensical read is perfect for cat lovers who wonder how their feline escape artists seemingly walk through doors." --BCCB
TARA LAZAR taught herself to juggle at age ten in hopes of launching a career as a clown. Instead, she was voted class clown in school. Eventually she decided that writing silly stories like The MonstoreLittle Red Gliding Hood and most recently, 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story, was better than riding silly unicycles. Tara lives in New Jersey with her acrobatic daughters, strongman husband and hoop-jumping hamster. View titles by Tara Lazar
Pete Oswald is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of The Good Egg, as well as The Bad Seed, which was an Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year and an indie favorite. He has worked as a character designer, a concept artist, and an art director on many popular films, including Madagascar 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Angry Birds.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three sons.
  View titles by Pete Oswald
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About

*"This amusing picture book is fun for reading aloud." --Booklist (starred review)

From Pete Oswald, New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Bad Seed series, and Tara Lazar, critically acclaimed author of 7 Ate 9, comes Flat Cat, the story of a cool cat who learns that sometimes life is about finding the best of both worlds.

"Whimsy, wonder, and wacky humor in just the right proportions." --GeekMom


Flat Cat was born flat. He wasn't squashed by an out-of-control ice cream truck, or smushed in a waffle iron. He was just flat. This slick, sly cat could stray and roam anywhere he pleased, keen and unseen. And wouldn't you know it, Flat Cat liked it just like that.

That is until one day, when Flat Cat accidentally fell splish splosh right in the wash. And when he emerged from the dryer, Flat Cat wasn't flat at all. He was adorably puffy and downright fluffy! And Flat Cat wasn’t sure how he felt about that.

From acclaimed author Tara Lazar and brought to life by #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Pete Oswald, this is a hilariously quirky and irreverent story that is sure to appeal to fans of Pete the Cat!

Praise for Flat Cat:
"Lazar’s wryly humorous tale won’t leave young audiences flat, while Oswald’s purple-tinged cartoon depictions of this Flat Stanley–style feline add their share of giggles (as usual). A hilarious reminder that versatility will have you feline fine." --Kirkus reviews

"Featuring groovy text, it’s a Flat Stanley-flavored take on rolling with the punches and fluidly embracing newfound facets and friends." --Publishers Weekly

"Perfect for cat lovers who wonder how their feline escape artists seemingly walk through doors." --BCCB

Praise

"Whimsy, wonder, and wacky humor in just the right proportions." --GeekMom

*"Oswald brings Flat Cat to life in digital pictures incorporating gouache textures. Drawn with quiet humor, the expressive, imaginative illustrations contrast the cat’s self-sufficient demeanor with his inner need for affection. Lazar’s narrative shifts in tone as the cool cat is transformed into an adorable one and back, until he realizes what he really wants. As the narrator comments in closing, “Smooth moves, Flat Cat!” This amusing picture book is fun for reading aloud." --Booklist (starred review)

"Flat or fluffy, is there a better way to be? Lazar’s wryly humorous tale won’t leave young audiences flat, while Oswald’s purple-tinged cartoon depictions of this Flat Stanley–style feline add their share of giggles (as usual).  A hilarious reminder that versatility will have you feline fine." --Kirkus reviews


"The “slick, sly” feline protagonist of this picture book is two-dimensional and loving it: his “smooth moves” involve roaming any place he pleases and snoozing “in any nook and cranny,” including, as purple-tinted, thick-lined digital art by Oswald (Sleepy Sheepy) shows, draped over a towel bar . . . Featuring groovy text, it’s a Flat Stanley-flavored take on rolling with the punches and fluidly embracing newfound facets and friends." --Publishers Weekly


"Oswald’s gouache art depicts Flat Cat in all his purple, sunglasses-clad glory as he saunters in his flattened form through a pastel world of candy shops and city parks. That suaveness makes his transformation into a rumpled ball of fluff especially humorous; viewers will laugh at Flat Cat’s death glare as the text boldly proclaims him “The most adorable, puffy, furry, fuzzy-wuzzy feline you ever did see!” This silly, nonsensical read is perfect for cat lovers who wonder how their feline escape artists seemingly walk through doors." --BCCB

Author

TARA LAZAR taught herself to juggle at age ten in hopes of launching a career as a clown. Instead, she was voted class clown in school. Eventually she decided that writing silly stories like The MonstoreLittle Red Gliding Hood and most recently, 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story, was better than riding silly unicycles. Tara lives in New Jersey with her acrobatic daughters, strongman husband and hoop-jumping hamster. View titles by Tara Lazar
Pete Oswald is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of The Good Egg, as well as The Bad Seed, which was an Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year and an indie favorite. He has worked as a character designer, a concept artist, and an art director on many popular films, including Madagascar 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Angry Birds.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three sons.
  View titles by Pete Oswald

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•     Argentina
•     Armenia
•     Aruba
•     Austria
•     Azerbaijan
•     Bahamas
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•     Bangladesh
•     Barbados
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•     Bermuda
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•     Niue
•     Norfolk Island
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•     Palestinian Ter
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