My Cat Looks Like My Dad

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 Dad and the cat. Both have orange hair, love milk, start their days with stretches, appreciate a good nap, and are brave (some of the time). The narrator is more like Mom, with wild hair, blue eyes, and a love of dancing.

A surprising twist at the end reveals the narrator’s unexpected identity, also hinted at with clues in the art throughout the book. Warmth and whimsy in the illustrations add a playful balance to the story’s deeper message about the love that makes a family a unit, no matter how unusual it may look from the outside.

Written and Illustrated by

Thao Lam


April 15, 2019 with Owlkids Books

Starred reviews

  • “Never didactic, this is a warmhearted window into the things, expected and otherwise, that make up a family.” — Booklist – STARRED REVIEW
  • “Clever and sweet, with broad appeal for all ages, this is a title young readers and their adults will reach for again and again.” — School Library Journal – STARRED REVIEW

Notable reviews

  • “Lam’s brightly colored paper-collage illustrations are unique and silly, a winning combination.” — The New York Times
  • “A tale sure to find a home among myriad types of families.” — Kirkus Reviews
  • “The humor plus the comforting message that “family is what you make it” is likely to solidify My Cat Looks Like My Dad as a new favorite.” — Shelf Awareness

Awards and honours

  • A Quill & Quire Cover of the Year, 2019
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice, 2019
  • A Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens selection, 2019

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