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My Cat Looks Like My Dad

by Thao Lam

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alternative family, parents, siblings, humorous stories
list price: $19.95
published: 2019
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.

New from the creator of Wallpaper and Skunk on a String comes a witty and uplifting picture book that will speak to families of all varieties about how family really is what you make it.

Minimal text paired with bright paper-collage illustrations create comparisons on each spread in which the narrator talks about their family—especially the striking similarities between Dad and the cat. Both have orange hair, love milk, start their days with stretches, appreciate a good nap, and are brave (some of the time). The narrator is more like Mom, with wild hair, blue eyes, and a love of dancing.

A surprising twist at the end reveals the narrator’s unexpected identity, also hinted at with clues in the art throughout the book. Warmth and whimsy in the illustrations add a playful balance to the story’s deeper message about the love that makes a family a unit, no matter how unusual it may look from the outside.

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Editorial Reviews

"A gentle and adorable book that ticks all the boxes."

— Canadian Review of Materials

"Clever and sweet, with broad appeal for all ages, this is a title young readers and their adults will reach for again and again."

— School Library Journal - STARRED REVIEW

“Never didactic, this is a warmhearted window into the things, expected and otherwise, that make up a family.”


“A tale sure to find a home among myriad types of families.”

— Kirkus Reviews

"Lam’s brightly colored paper-collage illustrations are unique and silly, a winning combination."

— The New York Times
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About the Author

Thao Lam

THAO LAM is the critically acclaimed author/illustrator of Wallpaper, My Cat Looks Like My Dad, and Skunk on a String. She studied illustration at Sheridan College and has an insatiable love of colored and textured papers, which she uses to create her exuberant collages. She draws inspiration from the stories she hears, from the beauty in everyday things, and from the work of the many illustrators she admires. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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