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Cats Are a Liquid

Cats Are a Liquid

Rebecca Donnelly; illustrations by Misa Saburi

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Celebrate cats in all their flowing, furry glory in Cats Are a Liquid, a charming picture book that examines the unusual physical properties of felines by writer Rebecca Donnelly and illustrator Misa Saburi.

Cats fill./ Cats spill./ Cats flow downhill.// Cats tip./ Cats drip./ Cats grip, snip, rip.// Cats are a liquid/ Except when they’re not.

Inspired by an Ig Nobel Prize–winning investigation of how cats behave like liquids, this book introduces some of the physical properties of liquids—they adapt to fit a container, they flow like fluids—and is just pure fun.

Like its inspiration, it makes you laugh, then think. Back matter includes a brief introduction to the different physical states: solid, liquid, gas.

Praise for Cats Are a Liquid

Booklist "Mewbery" Nominee

"This bouncing tale will have viewers of all ages giggling" —The Bulletin, starred review, on Cats Are a Liquid

"This amusing STEM picture book explores whether and how cats are a liquid . . . As Donnelly and Saburi display, liquid-ish felines make delightful, funny subjects for scientific research and picture books alike." —Publishers Weekly on Cats Are a Liquid

"A humorous, poetic look at the solidity of cats in all their manifestations. The perfect segue to a science or poetry lesson, and good read-aloud fun as well." —School Library Journal on Cats Are a Liquid

"In an endlessly amusing—and strangely thought-provoking—premise ('based on the Ig Nobel Prize–winning investigation'), cats are depicted doing everyday things—lounging, napping, climbing, peeing, bathing—while the text offers double entendres that could refer to the physiology of either housecats or of liquids . . . Pair this gem with A Greyhound, a Groundhog (2017) for a rollicking story time inclusive of cat- and dog- (and hog-) lovers" —Booklist on Cats Are a Liquid


Reviews from Goodreads

Rebecca Donnelly; illustrations by Misa Saburi

Rebecca Donnelly makes her picture book debut with Cats Are a Liquid. She was born in England and has lived in California, Florida, and New Mexico. These days she writes, studies cats, and works as a children's librarian in northern New York. Her debut middle-grade novel, How to Stage a Catastrophe, was an Indies Introduce/Kids’ Indie Next pick.

Misa Saburi was born in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she illustrates children’s books, including Bearnard’s Book, written by Deborah Underwood, and Monster Trucks, written by Joy Keller.

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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