Construction Cat

Illustrated by Sydney Hanson
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About The Book

Cats in hard hats make work seem like play in this cheery, rhyming picture book about building something and having a loving family to share your accomplishments with.

Construction cat wakes up at dawn, grabs her boots and tugs them on…

It’s time to build! Tail high, Construction Cat kisses her family goodbye and goes to work with the other cats on a construction site. They lug lumber and pound nails, they saw, sand, and sweep the dust, all to build a truly paw-some park that they can’t wait to share with friends and family!

Sydney Hanson’s lively and lovable cats combined with Barbara Odanaka’s rhythmic story create a universal story that is a joy to read again and again.

About The Author

Photo by Ken Hada

Barbara Odanaka is a former Los Angeles Times reporter who left daily journalism to backpack around the world and write children’s books. She is the author of Construction Cat, as well as Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash and A Crazy Day at the Critter Café. Her polydactyl cat, Mittens, is much too lazy to work heavy machinery. Please visit Ms. Odanaka at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (October 2018)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481490955
  • Grades: P - 1
  • Ages: 4 - 6

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"[A] simple, upbeat story about a working mom who gets the job done." 

– Common Sense Media

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