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A warmly funny junior-fiction series about Kitty, a little girl who believes she can be anything she dreams – even a cat.


When Kitty arrives on the doorstep of a house full of music-mad felines with a strict no-humans policy, their lives are turned upside down. Kitty is Not a Cat is a gorgeously funny new junior-fiction series about an adventurous girl living in an adult-free world, and learning what it means to be human from a group of kind-hearted but ill-informed cats.


Based on the award-winning Australian animation series enjoyed by kids the whole world over, and voiced by Australian comedians including Rove and Cal Wilson, the two-colour illustrated books deal with themes such as being afraid of the dark, having a pet and diverse families.



Kitty is a little girl who believes she can be anything she dreams, even a cat. She believes it so much that she invites herself to live with a houseful of cats. Her rich imagination taps into a time when you believe anything is possible.

I can really relate to Kitty’s passion. When I was her age I loved animals so much that I had four mice, two guinea pigs, a rabbit, a cat and a dog. But my animal menagerie was not yet complete. I really wanted a horse! My desire to get a horse caused me to become one. I cantered around the house tossing my head and mane about so freely I’m surprised I didn’t end up with cricks in my neck. I neighed whenever anyone called my name. I set up jumps in the garden for my enthusiastic (or long suffering) dog to jump over. I must have been convincing because three years later my parents allowed me to have a pony of my own.

Kitty and I are kindred spirits. We have the conviction to embody a form we believe best suits us and by doing so the most unexpected and fabulous adventures await. Kitty’s mad cap feline family embody genuine warmth, love and loyalty and who wouldn’t want to live amongst that? I know I do!

Jess Black is an award-winning author of children’s books. Her most recent series, The Tales of Mr Walker, was longlisted for an Indie Book Award, an ABIA Award for Younger Readers and is a CBCA Notable for 2019.

Jess has worked as a book buyer and a bookseller. She was senior tutor for The Writers Studio for ten years. She currently divides her time between teaching children creative writing, visiting schools doing author talks, writing for children, and raising her own daughters.

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We have 10 advance reading copy packs of Kitty is Not a Cat: Lights Out! and Kitty is Not a Cat: Teddy’s Bear to give away! Email with ‘Kitty is Not a Cat’ in the subject line for the chance to win 1 of 10 packs.




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