REVIEW: The CATawampus Cat by Jason Carter Eaton & Illustrated by Gus Gordon

Published: 21st March 2017

Publisher: Penguin Viking

Pages: 32

Format: Hard cover Picture book courtesy of the publisher

RRP: $33.49/$24.99

5/5 Stars

A tilted tale about a cat who sees the world from an unusual point of view, written by the hilarious Jason Carter Eaton (How to Train a Train) and illustrated by the equally humorous Gus Gordon (Herman and Rosie).

catawampus (cat-a-wam-pus) n. 1. Diagonal or at an angle. 2. Askew, awry.
The catawampus cat walks with a slant. And his skewed point of view has everyone in town looking at everything with fresh eyes. Even Bushy Brows Billiam who never notices anything, including what time class is over, spots the catawampus cat, and now he s a star student! And when the town librarian sees the catawampus cat, she pulls the wrong book from the shelf, sending her into a life of adventure. The catawampus cat is in town and everything is about to change.”

The CATawampus Cat is a super cute and powerful read that is sure to appeal to readers of all ages.

When the CATawampus Cat arrives in town walking on a angle, he sets of a chain reaction. Before too long the townsfolk are all tilting their heads and viewing the world from a completely different angle and perception and loving what they discover.

The CATawampus Cat is perhaps one of the most powerful picture books I’ve read in 2017. It speaks to our desire to be like everyone else, and yet points out through a quirky cat that sometimes we aren’t better off that way. This book highlights differences and individual quirks that people have. It speaks of the power that being different and your own person can have – some people find love, others see things they haven’t seen for while, while other’s minds are simply opened to vast possibilities and opportunities that they had never considered before. It’s a timely reminder that while the world might like to demand that we all ‘be” the same, sometimes our strengths come from being ‘different’.

Jason Carter Eaton’s text is simple, direct, but funny as well, while Gus Gordon’s illustrations are cartoon-ish, quirky and really bring the book to life. Together the pair have created a one of the kind book that kids will reach for time and time again; it’s funny, easy to relate too and just that tiny bit different to everything else on the market that it’s going to be noticed quickly. What’s more it’s featuring a cat, which while it pains me to admit (I’m a massive dog person),  pretty make ensures the book is going to be a hit all round!

The CATawampus Cat is a book the celebrates and encourages diversity and thinking outside the box. It’s a book that speaks to our basic primarily urge to be liked, while confirming that inner voice that it’s okay to be who we are. It’s pretty much the most perfect book that 2017 needs right now and one I highly recommend everyone gives a go.


To purchase a copy of The CATawampus Cat, visit the following online retailers:

Penguin Books Australia | Booktopia | Book Depository | Angus & Robertson’s Bookworld | Dymocks


To learn more about Jason Carter Eaton, visit the following social media sites:

Penguin Books Australia | Facebook |


To learn more about Gus Gordon, visit the following social media sites:

Penguin Books Australia | Gus Gordon’s Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter



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