They All Saw a Cat
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Hardcover with Jacket

Age Range
4-6 Years

Publishing Date

44 pages



Full-color throughout

UK, Ireland, Europe, Africa


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They All Saw a Cat

The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . .

In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?

About the Author(s)
Brendan Wenzel

Brendan Wenzel is an illustrator based in upstate New York. His work has appeared internationally in children's books, animations, and magazines. An ardent conservationist, he is a proud collaborator with many organizations working to ensure the future of wild places and threatened species, especially within Southeast Asia. His clients have included McSweeney's; Nido magazine; Readymade magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Feltrinelli; Fauna & Flora International; the Vancouver Aquarium; The Wildlife Conservation Society; the Bronx Zoo; The Endangered Asian Species Trust; Ogilvy & Mather; Majani Teas; Yeti Saigon; Tita Milan; Terri Timely; and Beatrix New York. Brendan is a graduate of Pratt Institute. You can see more of his work at


“Conceptually, this is such a creative picture book and one which executes its point to perfection” Sarah Yewman, Picture Books Blogger

"With so much to think about in a simple text, it is sure to become a classroom favourite." Sunday Times (Culture) Children's Book of the Week

“An outstanding exploration of perception and perspective.” New Statesman

“This debut picture book from author and illustrator Brendan Wenzel explores the power of perception with a simple story and inspired images.” Big Issue North

“Brendan Wenzel’s innovative story invites children to explore how they see the world and is guaranteed to spark their curiosity” Smallish Magazine

“It’s an ingenious idea, wonderfully executed.” Financial Times

"In a league of its own." Belfast Telegraph

“The best picture books involve a straightforward, self-contained concept treated with originality and verve; this formula is perfectly demonstrated in Brendan Wenzel’s debut . . . stylish, stylised exploration of perception.” The Guardian Review

"With minimal text and luscious artwork, Brendan Wenzel…inspires a warm sense of empathy for the creatures and people in the world around us." Look Book

"In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel's simple, rhythmic prose and ingenious illustrations take readers on an imaginary walk alongside a cat . . .a quietly brilliant demonstration of the power of perception." Parent Talk

“A masterpiece of curiosity, imagination and observation.” 5/5 stars The Bookbag

“This is a glorious celebration of observation, curiosity and imagination; a book to be enjoyed by all ages as everyone will see the book differently, just as the creatures perceive the cat in different ways.” Parents in Touch

They All Saw A Cat has the makings of a modern classic, bringing back memories of reading The Hungry Caterpillar for the first time.” Bookworm Baby Blog

“A trippy, zippy and somewhat slinky book.” Read it Daddy Blog

“What’s not to love about a children’s book that prompts a conversation about perspective with a 3 year old!” Hannah Beckerman

“If you have children or are a fan of cute books aimed at those of us that have stayed young when look no further!” Katzenworld

"The style is slightly reminiscent of Eric Carle with its swirls of colour, and as with The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Minerva Reads

“A stylized, colourful picture book that highlights the power of perception and will gently introduce young readers to the concept that we all see the world a little differently.”

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