Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog are very lazy. They sit on the couch watching TV for days and days and days. They eat and eat and eat. They sleep and sleep and sleep. And when they wake up, they are surprised to find that the sofa shrunk! Their whole house seems to be shrinking! Or so they like to think. They set off to ask their relatives for help. Will they find the answers to their mystery? Or discover their problem was more about growing than shrinking?

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Publisher Andersen Press USA
Imprint Andersen Press USA
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV002050, JUV002070, JUV019000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Guided Reading Level L
ATOS Reading Level 2.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 130702
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed


Publishers Weekly

“Ross’s watercolor cartooning displays its customary energy and wry wit, and these frequent collaborators deserve praise for being able to walk the fine line between comedy and cruelty in their portrayal of the consequences of obesity.”
Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“Longtime friends Flabby Cat and Slobby Dog have fallen into comfortable, lazy routines, doing nothing but eating and sleeping. When they can no longer fit on their couch, they ignore what is happening to them. And when they outgrow their house, they tell themselves that it has shrunk. They set off to find their ‘distant relatives,’ a tiger and a wolf, in hopes of living with them. The pair walks hither and yon, through cities and fields, to no avail, and food is scarce. Returning home, they spy their sleek new selves in a mirror: ‘For the first time in a long time, they felt really comfortable with who they were.’ Ross’s watercolor and line cartoons depict the animals growing larger and larger, with clothes straining over their stomachs and food covering most surfaces in their home. However, the pictures may prove confusing as they are at odds with the text (‘the cushions almost filled the room,’ etc.), and children may not understand the pair’s underlying problem, and that they have slimmed down because they have gotten more exercise.”
School Library Journal

Author: Jeanne Willis

Jeanne Willis was born in St. Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She is now a full-time writer. She lives in North London with her husband and two children.

Illustrator: Tony Ross

Tony Ross has been illustrating books for over 40 years, and has been published all over the world. He has been named the best-selling illustrator in the UK three years in a row. He lives in Macclesfield, England.