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How to Give Your Cat a Bath

A picture book by Nicola Winstanley, illustrated by John Martz

Nicola Winstanley, illustrated by John Martz

In this hilarious and clever "how-to," a little girl and a know-it-all narrator are thwarted by a cat who refuses to take a bath. The perfect read-aloud for fans of Snappsy the Alligator and Interrupting Chicken.

Step one: fill the bath

Step two: put the cat in the bath

Step three: put shampoo on the cat

Step four: rinse the cat

Step five: dry the cat

Seems simple, right? One problem: the cat has no intention of doing ANY of these things! Watch as the steps keep changing, the cat keeps escaping, the girl keeps eating cookies and the mess keeps escalating. Soon it's not just the cat who needs a bath — it's the whole house!

This spoof on an instruction manual features an increasingly bewildered human, a nonchalant cat and a know-it-all narrator... who really doesn't know it all. How DO you give a cat a bath? Read on to find out! (From Tundra Books)

How to Give Your Cat a Bath is a finalist for the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — illustration. The winner will be announced on Oct. 29, 2019.

From the book

An interior image from How to Give Your Cat a Bath by Nicola Winstanley, illustrated by John Martz. (Tundra Books)
An interior image from How to Give Your Cat a Bath by Nicola Winstanley, illustrated by John Martz. (Tundra Books)

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