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Hat Cat (Hardcover)

Hat Cat By Troy Wilson, Eve Coy (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Troy Wilson, Eve Coy (Illustrator)
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When Hat the cat’s doting human friend doesn’t come home for a while, will a young visitor offer the lonely kitty a taste of freedom? A gentle, touching story for cat lovers of all ages.

Ever since the old man found a little kitten under his hat, the two have been the best of friends. There are always plenty of kitty rubs and food and talk to go around. Every day, Hat watches as the old man goes outside to sit and feed the squirrels with nuts he places on top of his hat. But Hat the cat is not allowed to join him. What if Hat ran away, or chased the squirrels—or worse? Then the old man leaves and does not come back the next day, or the one after that. When people come by to take care of Hat until the old man returns, will one little girl give Hat the chance he’s been hoping for? Troy Wilson’s tender prose, along with Eve Coy’s charmingly detailed illustrations, brings readers a sweet story about companionship, love, and trust.

About the Author

Troy Wilson is the author of various books for children including Dog vs. Ultra Dog, illustrated by Clayton Hammer. He lives in Canada.

Eve Coy is a freelance illustrator and animator. She is the creator of Looking After William and The Huffalots. Eve Coy lives in the Cotswolds, England.

Praise For…

Wilson is a canny storyteller who uses rhythmic changes and repetition to make each beat right . . . . Anyone who’s been unfairly maligned will derive special satisfaction as Hat eventually gains a chance to prove himself in this gentle picture book.

—Publishers Weekly

This gentle tale of a kindly old man who dotes on squirrels and his kitten is moving in its simplicity. Rendered in soft color washes, the realistic illustrations create a quiet atmosphere. . . . A sweet peek at the bond between a man and his cat.

—Kirkus Reviews

Charming pastel watercolors and colored pencil illustrations depict a cozy, plant-filled home and an amiable relationship between cat and human.
—School Library Journal

An affecting, reassuring portrayal of found family.


Human help, and a little mutual confidence, save the day in this lovely story about returning the trust that our pets give to us.
—Foreword Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9781536213669
ISBN-10: 1536213667
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2022
Pages: 32
Language: English