Nicola O'Byrne was banned from watching Saturday morning television by her parents, and she has been drawing ever since. She grew up in Singapore surrounded by the vibrant colors of the tropics. She gets most of her ideas for children's books when she should be working on something else, and she bases all of her characters on people she knows. She lives in Los Angeles.
A guileless, off-site narrator futilely entreats
Fluffykins-green-eyed, ginger-furred, and utterly recalcitrant-to
apologize for successive misdeeds. . . O'Byrne ever so lightly
anthropomorphizes her protagonist's expressions, the cat's
heavy-lidded glare modulated by tiny changes in mouth position that
give the cat a distinctively evil look-dramatically magnified by a
view through the goldfish bowl on the final page. . . readers
inclined to indulge feline mischief will chuckle at the extremes on
With bold serifed text, crisp white backgrounds, and digital art reminiscent of colored pencils, O'Byrne tells a simple, charming tale that rings true for anyone who cohabits with a cat. Giggles will abound as Fluffykins gleefully wreaks havoc, and the narrator's admonishments and Fluffykins's mischievous antics (complete with an utterly feline scowl) will make this a sure favorite for group storytime. This will be a great pick for fans who appreciate the willful chaos of Shannon's David or Mo Willems's Pigeon.
-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books