Abrams: I Am a Cat (BB)


A celebration of both individuality and community, author/illustrator Galia Bernstein’s board book I Am a Cat is a strong debut that shows we’re all more alike than we think . . . if we look closely enough.

A simple housecat named Simon encounters some bigger cats: Lion, Puma, Panther, Tiger, and Cheetah. Each of the big cats has something to say about Simon not being “cat” enough. According to them, he just doesn’t measure up. He doesn’t have Lion’s mane or Cheetah’s spots. He doesn’t sleep in trees like Panther or climb mountains like Puma. He’s small and fuzzy, not big and strong.

But ultimately, Simon shows the big cats that he’s just like them . . . only smaller.

“Witty language and delightfully bold digital illustrations with hand-painted textures elevate I Am a Cat from a read-once picture book to an experience that children will want to explore multiple times.” —Shelf Awareness (Starred Review)

“An amusing read-aloud for small groups or individual children.” —School Library Journal (Starred Review)