My Cat Looks Like My Dad

My Cat Looks Like My Dad

by Thao Lam
  • critically-acclaimed
  • diversity
  • family-and-friendship
  • fiction
  • from-ontario

New from the creator of Wallpaper and Skunk on a String comes a witty and uplifting picture book that will speak to families of all varieties about how family really is what you make it.

Minimal text paired with bright paper-collage illustrations create comparisons on each spread in which the narrator talks about their family — especially the striking similarities between Dad and the cat. Both have orange hair, love milk, start their days with stretches, appreciate a good nap, and are brave (some of the time). The narrator is more like Mom, with wild hair, blue eyes, and a love of dancing. A surprising twist at the end reveals the narrator’s unexpected identity, also hinted at with clues in the art throughout the book.

Warmth and whimsy in the illustrations add a playful balance to the story’s deeper message about the love that makes a family a unit, no matter how unusual it may look from the outside.


Thao Lam, author

Thao Lam is the critically acclaimed author/illustrator of Wallpaper and Skunk on a String. She studied illustration at Sheridan College and has an insatiable love of colored and textured papers, which she uses to create her exuberant collages. She draws inspiration from the stories she hears, from the beauty in everyday things, and from the work of the many illustrators she admires. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Owlkids Books



rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: 3-7

number of pages: 32

publication date: 04/15/2019

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book