Cats and Robbers


‘Cats and Robbers‘ are on the prowl. The robbers have been keeping watch on a big, old, empty house. They’re not interested in the Moany Lisas, but a splendiferous, superior safe. It’s ‘full of loot’. Little do the robbers realise, that in turn, they are being watched- by cats. What dastardly plans do the cats have to keep the robbers at bay?

Russell Ayto’s framing and perspective are the icing on the picture book cake creation! The language is enticing, and ripe for repetition. The shafts of light he beams into the nighttime antics heighten the drama. I love the way he has sequenced the pictures so that we follow the movement across the page, up and down stairs and through windows. The wide, slanting eyes of his characters are tricky and full of mischief. The onomatopoeia used in the confrontation is huge fun. This is ‘Hong Kong Phooey’ meets feline ‘Get Smart’! ‘Cats and Robbers‘ is a delight! We love this title and recommend it highly!


Cats and Robbers

Russell Ayto


Splendiferous! Superior! Maybe, not safe? Cats and Robbers is a tremendous comedy caper! An empty, big, old house, watched by three robbers? They have a plan! What are they after? It doesn’t seem to be the Moany Lisas, or does it? Is it possible that they arrive at their loot? Not if the cats have anything to do with it…
We track the robbers’ crafty movements through linear planes, wires and trick shots. We love the way the light shifts across the shifting scenes so the whole situation is almost Pink Panther like! Thereafter,  it seems as though there is nothing they won’t do to get to their target. However, watch those cats…
We know the cats have a lot more up their fluffy sleeves than anything the robbers might suspect! Furthermore we’re silent, though excited, witnesses! Readers love the crafty cleverness and ingenuity of Russell Ayto’s picture books, like Mouse in the House and Henry and the Yeti. It’s time to enjoy rather more with Cats and Robbers. It’s time to open the pages wide, put on your creeping slippers and prepare to enjoy this truly inventive picture book!


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