The Twelve Cats of Christmas


On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave me cats:
FOUR on the gifts,
THREE dressed up,
TWO batting bows,
And a kitten under the tree.

From chasing ribbons and shredding paper to cuddling by the fire and climbing the Christmas tree (uh-oh), the cute cats of this take on the classic “Twelve Days of Christmas” carol teach readers of all ages to celebrate the holiday season in festive feline fashion. Endearing and adorable, these mischievous kitties are sure to steal your heart—and your cookies for Santa!

Art direction and design by Lydia Ortiz & Angie Kang

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A 2023 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year – Outstanding Merit

★ “A twinkling Christmas tree with all the trimmings is the purrfect playground for the kitties given to the narrator of Flores’s funny, furry carol variation . . . Liao expertly conveys a knowing affection for the kitty characters in winning, fluidly rendered scenes that pinball from frenzied, chaotic action to serene cuddliness.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A feline-filled ‘The Twelve Days of ­Christmas’ sure to delight picture book readers and cat lovers. A purrfect purchase.” —School Library Journal

“Flores’ adaptation of the English carol will have feline fans giggling merrily, but Liao’s mixed-media illustrations, which resemble watercolors, are the real stars of the show. The expressive, hyperactive pusses doing nothing but being cats are a hoot . . . Festive feline tomfoolery.” —Kirkus Reviews

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