How to Be a Cat

Book Author & Illustrator Juliette MacIver & Carla Martell
Rights Available World excl. Australia and NZ 

“Come,” says Mama, “time to chat.
I’ll show you how to be a cat.”

The lessons continue as little Duck learns all the tricks of the trade to be a cat. From washing fur, to stalking prey, to climbing trees. Can little Duck do the same things the kittens do?

• Another simple story by Juliette MacIver with flawless rhyme and rhythm that make this a perfect companion title to Duck Goes Meow.

• Carla Martell’s revisits her cast of colourful characters, imbuing all the actions of learning how to be a cat with energy and humour.

• A perfect read-aloud.

About the Author
Juliette MacIver
is an award-winning children’s picture book author of many Scholastic titles such as the hilarious and surprising Duck Goes Meow, winner of the 2023 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, Best Picture Book; the wonderful Marmaduke Duck series; Henry Bob Bobbalich; Grasshoppers Dance; Tom and the Dragon; We’re Off to Find a Kiwi; Bye Bye Bye, A Mother’s Day Dilemma and The Moose and the Goose.

Juliette has a BA in Linguistics, and Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the Trinity College of London, and is part-way through a Master’s degree, also in linguistics. She lives near Wellington with her husband and four children.

About the Illustrator
Carla Martell
is an illustrator and designer from Auckland, New Zealand. She specialises in whimsical illustration featuring children, animals and curious characters, hand lettering and surface pattern design. Carla has illustrated a number of books with Scholastic including the award-winning Duck Goes Meow, the much-acclaimed Tulip and Doug as well as Tulip and Sprout, Christmas in Summer, Granny’s Undies, Santa’s Fireproof Knickers, Colin the Christmas Mince Pie and Why Won’t You Sleep?!


Scholastic New Zealand Ltd


250 x 240 mm

Hardback and Paperback


Picture Book

Age range
1 + years

Publication Date
April 2024

Rights Available:
World excl. Australia and New Zealand

Rights Agents:


Lynette Evans, Scholastic New Zealand Ltd

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