In this tender board book, a kitten practices the basics of feline behavior over the course of a day. A single word of text per spread teaches readers "how to be a cat"--how to stretch, clean, pounce, feast--while the striking paper cuts illustrate the kitten's attempts to imitate an adult cat's mastery of each skill. At times, the kitten triumphantly succeeds, and at other times the kitten struggles, in vignettes that range from whimsical to profound. A celebration of all things feline, How to Be a Cat also tells a universal story of mastering life skills, and of the loving relationship between parent and child.
Nikki McClure is a well-known cut-paper artist and the author of several children’s books, including Abrams’s Waiting for High Tide, In, Collect Raindrops, and May the Stars Drip Down. She lives in Olympia, Washington, with her family.View Author