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Jet the Cat (Is Not a Cat)

it was amazing 5.00  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Jet is not like any other cat . . . but when other animals try to convince her that she's really a bird or a frog or a goat, she learns to embrace her unique identity. This hilarious story teaches us to celebrate our differences. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Expected publication: May 1st 2021 by Barefoot Books
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Alexander Peterhans
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
Jet the Cat is actually a cat (it's in her name, come on), but she likes to jump into water, which isn't traditional cat behaviour, so Tom, another cat, tells Jet she can't be a cat, that she must be a frog. (Who made Tom the authority on all things cat is what I want to know, but nevermind.)

"Huh" says Jet, and starts exploring what it is to be a frog. Then a frog tells her she can't be a frog, but she must be a bird.

And so on. I'm sure you've noticed the pattern emerging here.

There's a whole oc
Norene Paulson
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jet the Cat is NOT a cat (or so all the animals say). Jet loves to swim. That proves they're right, right? Everyone knows cats don't like water. Jet likes water so Jet can't be a cat. Poor Jet! Jet doesn't fit the mold. Jet is different. In this delightful tale, Jet becomes confused about his identity because others can't accept the fact that he isn't like any other cat they've known. His confusion grows as he doesn't seem to fit anywhere. He's not a bird because he can't fly. He's not a goat be ...more
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jet the Cat is my new favorite cat! Or not... This story is such a delight to read! It's funny, charming, and a bit witty with a hint of sarcasm thrown in. I can see it being a "please read it again" book, in the daytime reading circle or at the bedside at night. Even as kids begin to notice their similarities and differences from other kids, this is a great way to talk about what makes us all who we are: unique! Loved it! The art is bright, colorful and engaging; though the last panel with the ...more
Susannah Aziz
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jet the Cat is a hilarious story about a cat that doesn't want to be anyone but Jet! This book is about being yourself, identity, and not caring about what others say! We live in a time where kids need this message more than ever! Jet just wants to be Jet! I love that it teaches young readers, that it's okay to NOT fit in. This book celebrates individuality! The illustrations are bright, eye-catching, and honestly, I absolutely love Jet the Cat! Every teacher should have this book in their class ...more
Katrina Reads
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jet the Cat is just like other cats, that is until you look at all the other traits that make her uniquely her. She is told she is something else, so she thinks she is something else and tries to fit in, but of course, she can’t! She stands up for herself and in the process makes everyone else think about what makes them unique and different to others.

A beautifully illustrated book looking at identity and individuality in a positive and light-hearted way for children.

Thank you Edelweiss+ for the
Amanda Davis
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
JET THE CAT (IS NOT A CAT ) is a humorous yet meaningful read about acceptance and the power of being YOU! Jet just wants to be a cat but everyone else has something to say about it. This lovely story will empower children to not let others tell them who they can and can't be and does so in a way that does not feel didactic. Runyan's bright and cheery illustrations are just marvelous and add to the fun, light-hearted tone of the story! ...more
Sita Singh
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an inspirational story about Jet, who just wants to be a cat while the other animals try to convince her that she is a frog, bird, or even a goat. Jet initially becomes confused about her identity but in the end she learns to embrace herself for who she is, a truly unique CAT! The engaging text, bright illustrations, and an important message makes this book a delightful read-aloud and a must-have for all children!
Ana Siqueira
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, love it. I love how Jet the Cat goes around being convinced he is not a cat. The repetition and illustrations will make children and adults giggle. How funny and sweet! And in the end Jet, the Cat will discover the truth, a truth we all hide inside. Read it to your children to make them laugh and think. Are we all the same or does each one of us have a little bit of Jet, the Cat? I LOVE IT!!!
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Whether Jet is a cat or some other creature, I am a big fan. Children will love the fun, colorful illustrations and all the humorous reasons that Jet is not a cat or a frog or a bird or a goat. The repeating refrains build anticipation and the reader can't wait to guess what Jet is or isn't on the next spread. Children will enjoy having this book read aloud to them or just looking through the lively illustrations on their own. ...more
Theresa Trinder
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of story that has something for every reader: favorite animal characters and lively illustrations, engaging prose and snappy dialog, and just below the surface a critical but gentle message about identity and belonging, thanks to Jet the Cat, who refuses to let the other creatures tell her who she’s meant to be. A satisfying twist at the end brings the story joyously full circle. A truly delightful read-aloud. Highly recommend!
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a hilarious, delightful story! I love Jet and his love of swimming! Jet's attempts to be like the other animals are so funny, and the cast of animal characters is fantastic. The illustrations are colorful, bright, and appealing. Jet shows us all that it's okay to be different, and true to ourselves, in a fun, gentle way. Especially recommended for cat and animal lovers! ...more
Charlotte Offsay
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
How can Jet be a cat if she loves to swim? The other animals try to convince Jet that she is a frog, a bird, and even a goat! Follow along with this hilarious story as Jet learns to embrace being a cat AND being unique. This adorable new picture book will have your littles laughing and reflecting on the importance of embracing individuality.
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book for review, and I'm so glad I did: I adore Jet the Cat! This is one that's going immediately on my purchase list. I love the story, the characters, the language, the ending, and the sense of playfulness and humor that runs through the whole of it. In fact, it's so fun you *almost* don't realize how wise it is. I'd recommend this to anyone! ...more
Serena Gingold Allen
I loved reading this inspirational story about embracing yourself and everything that makes you unique. This book has such a powerful message—delivered perfectly for the picture book audience. The illustrations are as unique as Jet and they’re just so pretty that you want to flip through the book again and again to see them. This book would make a great gift for any cat lover too.
Moni Ritchie
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In this adorable book, Jet the cat likes to swim and has to put up with all the judgments about what cats should and shouldn't be and is told by his friends that he is not a cat! Can you imagine that? I love the message of this book! The charming illustrations and cute patterns will have kids searching for the nuances that make this book really special! ...more
S. K.  Wenger
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This adorable, funny book about being true to yourself will delight. Without a doubt readers will be fully immersed from beginning to end.

Much thanks to the author and publisher for a sneak peek at this gem.
Alison Marcotte
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This picture book is hilarious! It explores the themes of belonging, identity, and self-acceptance in a funny and heartfelt way featuring cats, goats, birds, toads, and other critters. Kids will love reading this cumulative picture book that gets funnier with each page turn!
Kirsti Call
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Seriously one of the funniest picture books I've ever read. And such a great message for anyone who learns differently, thinks differently.

Tracy Gold
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Guaranteed to make kids giggle! I loved watching Jet's journey to self-acceptance as the other animals told her she certainly couldn't be a cat if she liked activities cats most certainly hated, like swimming. In the end (spoiler!), all the animals realized it was okay if they were a little different from other animals like them. The illustrations are gorgeous and silly at the same time! ...more
Karen Yin
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jet the cat…might or might not be a cat. It's hard to tell what she really is, because the animals observing her can't make up their minds! In this amusing story, kids will love reading about Jet's day fielding different opinions and how this good-natured cat-or-not tries on labels till she figures it all out. And yes, the joyful and beautifully textured illustrations of the bright-eyed animals are totally adorable. Conclusion: Jet the Cat (is a really cute book with a cute ending)! ...more
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Phaea Crede loves writing silly picture books for silly kids. Serious kids, too!

After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in the 2000s, Phaea pursued a career in comedy before discovering her true passion for writing picture books. Some of her favorite things to write about are cats, vegetables, big feelings, and pizza.

As a writer with dyslexia, Phaea is proud to demonstrate that disabilities

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