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Ginger the Gangster Cat

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
**THE #1 AMAZON BESTSELLER IN HUMOUR, ANIMAL & CAT BOOKS** Ginger the Gangster Cat and his endearing sidekick Sparky have enchanted children and adults of all ages. Whether the two friends are setting forth on an exciting adventure to Spain, engaging in comic capers with Ben the dog, or simply relaxing in their hometown in Surrey, their stories are full of charm and ...more
Paperback, 126 pages
Published March 9th 2014 by Grinning Bandit Books (first published November 29th 2012)
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Marita Hansen
I SEE A CARTOON SERIES COMING... Roll over Garfield there's a new orange fat cat that is gunning for your turf:


I read the original version of this book a while ago to my son when he was eight. It was on Authonomy way back then, and was my son's steadfast favourite from that site. So, I was extremely happy to see it get published, because it's a fantastic read. It follows the adventures of Ginger and his small mate Sparky, with great British humour, the fantastic dialogue adding to this.

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Ivan Amberlake
Feb 27, 2013 Ivan Amberlake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ginger the Gangster Cat is such a fun and fast read! I must say I haven’t had a good laugh for a while, and Joe Kovacs’ Ginger made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions as I was reading about Ginger and Sparky’s adventures. If you are a cat lover, this book is for you! Sparkling humour, great cat dialogue, and nasty oomans is only part of the fun there is in this book! I’m definitely not going to spoil all the fun for those who haven’t yet got to it, by telling the rest. Just read this book. ...more
Tahlia Newland
Dec 11, 2013 Tahlia Newland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This charming little story about a fat, rough-talking cat and his terribly sweet side-kick is as funny as it is unlikely, and it is very unlikely. Though written for children, like the best children's fiction it has a deeper theme for adults to enjoy and, in this case, ponder on. The unlikely parts are the idea that a cat could actually get himself from England to Barcelona and back with an illegal immigrant in tow, and that another cat could write by holding a piece of chalk in his mouth. The ...more
Roman Laskowski
Jan 04, 2013 Roman Laskowski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great fun for kids and adults alike

I read this as a bedtime story to my two sprogs (aged 9 and 10). They both loved it. And I did, too, and found myself waiting impatiently for bedtime so I could get on with the next instalment. It’s a funny, naughty and lovable story about a cat that thinks it’s a gangster – but is actually too charming and considerate to be really bad. And cute little Sparky, the most lovable kitten in the world, with a secret talent. Ginger takes Sparky under his fat, ginger
Rosalind Minett
Jul 05, 2013 Rosalind Minett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ginger is my guilty pleasure. This is a book meant for children but I have this awful weakness for bad-ass characters and I love Ginger as a gangster and a buddhist.

Let's put Ginger into the literary tradition of the anti-hero. We have one in African literature, the man-spider who I so loved in my childhood. He was always up to no good, thoroughly selfish and ruthless, but it was such fun. And so is Ginger.

Ginger invades the home of innocent Sparky and owners. My novel A Relative Invasion is abo
Robert Smith
May 27, 2013 Robert Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious. I bought this book based on the nothing more than that cover and it was worth it. Ginger, an amoral orange cat with a thick cockney accent scams his way into the home of a Brit couple and their adorable yet wimpy kitten, Sparky. From that beginning the book launches into a series of episodes of Ginger and Sparky's adventures.
The book was just about as funny as the cover. Urban cat tales were mixed with stories of exotic past lives until the two themes blended at the end. Ginger's pers
Paul Slater
Nov 27, 2014 Paul Slater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book and had me hooked so much that I bought the fillow up book too.

Its not your average ginger cat story thats for sure
Jun 19, 2013 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Light and refreshing! All from the cats point of view....purrfect!
Mar 08, 2013 Jeanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book. It was funny.
Malu Armando
Sep 15, 2016 Malu Armando rated it it was amazing
“Ginger the Gangster Cat” is a book for children at any age and why not anyone who likes reading and having fun. This very good story was written by Frank Kusy, aspiring Buddhist and incorrigible cat lover.
The story is very entertaining and my niece and nephew enjoyed it from beginning to end, and keep on asking me to read it to them again. The full color cover is also a good point; children get fascinated by it at first sight.
It is not only a child story but it also has humor in it; children as
Billy Buttons
Apr 22, 2015 Billy Buttons rated it it was amazing
This book was recently entered and was a GOLD MEDAL WINNER in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Star Rating 5 stars GOLD MEDAL WINNER
Number of Readers 42

Readers’ Comments
‘The kids in my class enjoyed this book very much. They thought Ginger, the tough wise cat, was fantastic fun. There is a good story here.’ Teacher
‘This is a super funny book. I liked Sparky best.’ Girl, aged 8
‘I would think cat lovers would very much like this story. The language is (mostly!) child
Rebecca Hislop
Jan 02, 2015 Rebecca Hislop rated it it was amazing
This is a superbly written story about the adventures of the wily Ginger and the clever but rather naive Sparky. I rather imagined Ginger to be speaking in a Ray Winstone voice! He has a tough reputation to maintain ‘I’m just one big ugly meanie – always have been – and all the other cats round here take one look at me and leg it. They don’t appreciate my more sensitive side’ However the toughness is actually a bit of a facade. Ginger manages to convince Sparky to go with him to Barcelona to ...more
not my fav Kusy book

Not really sure who the intended audience is. I have read many Kusy travel memoirs and am a cat lover, but this book isn't great. I kept reading thinking it could only get better...but was ultimately disappointed. Has plot holes as he invents new skills or inserts new characters to get around difficulties, but it all is a bit random. Could be developed more. I felt like the ending was rushed and perhaps Kusy gave up on it and just ended it to be done already.
May 23, 2014 Janet rated it it was amazing
Ginger the Gangster Cat is a children's book, but I'm 50 and I loved it!

Ginger is off on a new mission to stock up on genuine Spanish tapas from Barcelona. The lengths he goes to secure his goal are amazing; from hoodwinking his feline friend Sparky, to manipulating his adopted owner, Frank and inveigling a hapless van driver to smuggle them there.

A wonderful children's story, well written and a plot exquisitely executed.
Susan Navas
May 16, 2014 Susan Navas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frank Kusy has put together a delightful tale of Ginger, a cat with a hard exterior and a soft centre, and his little friend, Sparky. This beautifully sweet and humorous tale will bring any cat-lover many a chuckle and leave them with a warm and fuzzy (or should that be furry?) feeling. Loved it!
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Born and raised in the fog-shrouded streets of 1960s London, and with more than 30 years of travel writing experience under his belt, aspiring Buddhist and incorrigible cat-lover Frank Kusy is a SUNDAY TRIBUNE RECOMMENDED AUTHOR and a four-time Gold Medal Winner on the Harper Collins Authonomy site. He has been awarded the AIA Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence for his flagship book 'Rupee ...more
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