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My Cat Looks Like My Dad

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  460 ratings  ·  129 reviews
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 Da
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 15th 2019 by Owlkids

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Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
The narrator’s cat looks just like their dad. They even enjoy the same things, like naps and boxes! The narrator looks more like their mom— and they both love dancing. But really, a family is a family no matter how it might look.

Pet owners are often compared to their animals and, for some, the similarities run deep. That’s certainly the case here in the quirky world author/illustrator Thao Lam has produced. Through meticulous paper collage, she compares the dad and his cat practically with a win
Kaethe Douglas
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, art
Gorgeous detail to the art: the patterns and colors felt fresh, but the lines are beautiful. I will be following Lam, and caching up on earlier books! I really wish even a single sentence had been devoted to the process and materials used, because I love that kind of thng.

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Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny story and also end with what may start a interesting reflexion/discussion on what make a family.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
For whatever reason, I had decided that this was going to be a book with a bunch of illustrations of different dads and their matching cats. No one said that's what this book was, but I'm still kind of disappointed that it's just one dad and one cat. Ha! It might be a good book, but I can't get past wanting more dads and more cats. ...more
I absolutely loved the papercut collage style of this kids’ book. The narrator explains all the ways in which the nerdy-cool 1970s-styled dad resembles the family cat, who is more like a sibling than a pet. “Family is what you make it.” There’s something of a twist ending, too.
Amy Holland
Matt: "Come for the cats, stay for the fashion."

And also the fun twist at the end! Love a picture book that can pull off a genuine twist!!
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a funny and charming story. The artwork is nice. What an interesting narrator too! I recommend it.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who knew cats and dads had so much in common?? I loved the twist ending and I LOVE the collage illustrations. Sweet and silly book about family.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A cute book about how we often look alike in our families, and what makes a family.

Fun examples are given about how the dad and the cat are very much the same. While the narrator says that she is very much like her mother.

My cat looks like my dad

My cat looks like my dad

Cute story about a slightly different type of family.

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy Thao Lam's books, and this one is no exception. The collage-y art and playful ideas are wonderful, and I love the way that the theme of 'what does family mean' is brought up in a weird and organic way. I will definitely be recommending this. ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An adorable and silly book about the similarities of Dad and his big fluffy companion. They are a purrfect match! Our narrator is more like mom; you will be surprised at the resemblance! Collage style illustrations that pop out of the pages and into your heart. This book will make you smile!
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
4/5 thumbs. Cute book, adorable illustrations. Gave me the fuzzy wuzzies.
Ms. Arca
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This quirky book uses unique, beautiful collage-style art to compare a father and a cat. I was most impressed by the art and thought the concept was original and cute (I've heard of people looking like their dogs, but this cat comparison to dads was new to me!... *goes to look at my own cats to compare with a photo of my dad*).

While this book has a playful vibe, it doesn't feel too silly and it comes back around to how we choose our families and how families are unique.

I can see this being an
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Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this children's book was so funny, and an early reader. This book is about a Dad and his cat that looks like him in so many funny ways. The Mom also has a parrot that looks like her. I think it's hilarious that our pets look so much like us, and their temperaments follow ours, and "family is what you make it". I was laughing out loud, reading this book! ...more
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A sweet story with a delightful surprise ending. The book highlights that family is what you make it and not what a nuclear family is traditionally defined as. As a "pet parent", I appreciated that! Text is minimal and would make for a great storytime book. ...more
Dawn Rutherford
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I really enjoyed the art and humor of this book.
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has a lot of humor and I love the paper cut out illustrations. Nice twist at the end!
Michelle Gray
Themes: family, pets
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful illustrations and a fun story
Rebecca Davis
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adorable! Great, shorter picture book that would work well in a pet storytime.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, funny, cat
Oh. My. Goodness. This book is hilarious. I love it!
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The narrator (who might give you a surprise at the end!) compares and contrasts their dad and their cat.
Beautiful cut-paper illustrations and an overall retro vibe.

Cheryl Gladfelter
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best ending line I've read in a picture book lately. Hooray for all different types of families! ...more
Ana Calabresi
That was a twist! A book about family. Not a traditional one, but still a family. I loved the cut-out collage illustrations!
Teresa Grabs
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lam’s book is written for three to seven-year-olds and hits that target exquisitely. Using simple sentences that compare the cat to the narrator’s father, Lam paints the family’s picture. The narrator looks more like Mom.

I especially loved how Lam painted the Dad as imperfect. He is scared of heights, sometimes scared of the dark (especially when there is a skunk in the garbage can) and fails to replace the toilet paper roll.

The illustrations are pretty, but personally I think I would be frighte
Ashley Adkins
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to think about this book at first. The cover seemed a bit silly and reminded me of the 70s for some reason. The text on the first few pages seemed simple and not too exciting. Then, the twist came and I really enjoyed where the story went as I was not expecting it at all. This one is fun! ...more
Love the paper-collage style!
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Cat fans, take a moment to enjoy this book! The first spread showing how the cat and dad look alike will have you grinning, following pages demonstrating how they’re similar will make that smile grow. (Mom picking up after them. Enjoys boxes. Fear of heights.) It’s always a plus when a kids book has added humor that adults can enjoy and this book does that, with a unique ending. As an added plus, the artwork is phenomenal (what does your workspace look like Ms. Lam?) and mirrors that of prior ti ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A charming book with a great message that family is what you make it, be it animal or human! A heartwarming read sure to be enjoyed by parents and kids alike.

I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Netgalley.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, 2018
I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

This sweet and imaginative story would make for a perfect preschool storytime pick. The art is unique and engaging and the simple story will capture young listeners’ or readers’ attention. There’s even a little twist to the story that will delight a curious young child who figures it out.
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Thao Lam has been creating pictures for as long as she can remember. For her, drawing has always felt as natural as breathing. She has an insatiable love for coloured and textured papers, which she uses to create her exuberant collages.

Passionate about children’s books, Thao is especially interested in visual storytelling. She draws inspiration from the stories she hears, from the beauty in everyd

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