The Cat Wants Custard by P. Crumble
Published by Scholastic Australia
Many people would consider cats to be almost human, while others focus on the aloof, inscrutable and self-serving nature of the creature. With its hilariously human cravings and imperious nature the cat in this picture book caters to both perceptions.
This cat clearly believes he is human and so treats a bowl of chicken and gravy with disdain, as he does tinned sardines, beef, as well as pigs’ ears. The cat wants something sweet.
Cat thinks about ice-cream and even lemon meringue pie…if it comes with cream…but at last settles for custard as his preferred treat.
The snooty cat expects its owner to serve it with custard NOW. He uses every expression and body position possible to spell out his custard craving, but all to no avail. The cat tries colour matching by hiding in a yellow sweater and even brings a jar of yellow mustard to his owner. Still no success.
At last, the cat decides to find his own custard, which he knows is in the fridge, but it’s not easy to influence humans to open the fridge door.
When the cat finally tastes custard his reaction is priceless and just what we expect.
Readers of this quirky picture book will discover cat’s craving for human food doesn’t end with custard, but as they turn the pages they’ll also discover that in his own demanding and imperious way, this cat is very funny.
THE Cat WANTS Custard turns nonsense into fun, yet also highlights for young children the uniquely mysterious nature of felines. A delightfully different take on owning a cat.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: P Crumble
Illustrator: Lucinda Gifford
Title: The Cat Wants Custard
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: July 2016