Tatty Catty

Tatty Catty is a ragamuffin cat who longs to sail the sea. Come join in the adventure!

With her crooked tail and tatty fur, Tatty Catty has a dream. She longs to explore the wide blue sea. The sailors tell her she’s too small, but Tatty has a surprise in store. She might just be a pirate cat!

With exquisite, bright illustrations, Tatty Catty is a rhyming read-aloud treasure to enjoy. Particularly suited for ages 3-6.

Paperback format
290mm x 210 mm x 3mm
28 pages with perfect binding

This is a paperback picture book created, designed and printed in New Zealand. Good quality and hard-wearing FSC-certified paper.


Illustrated by Hayley Elliott-Kernott

Hayley is an artist and illustrator in New Plymouth, Taranaki. She is the author of the popular Waffles series. She has won prizes at the Taranaki Emerging Artists Awards in 2018 and 2020, including the People’s Choice Award. Her first solo exhibition took place at the Stratford Percy Thompson Gallery August – September 2020 and will be followed by another exhibition in 2021.



‘Our favourite page is the mermaid page because they have lots of jewels and they look really pretty. The mermaids are nice because they are kind to Tatty.  We would like to visit them. And the place where the baboon is it must be near to the mermaid place because it has blue pineapples and lots of jewels.’ – Riley, Emma and Olivia

NZ Booklovers Awards 2021 Children’s Shortlist: ‘This is a fun-filled story of adventure and determination and would be a wonderful read-aloud book which children would love. Vibrant, detailed, colourful illustrations and superbly told in rhyme.’

Meet Kiwi author Susannah Whaley susanna-whaley

Susannah is studying towards her PhD in Art History in Auckland and works at a book shop. She never stops returning to her hometown in Taranaki. She has worked for an academic publisher and also assisted in the editing of an academic text. She loves cats, reading, writing and all kinds of crafts. Tatty Catty is her first children’s book.

Find out more about Susannah and how to contact her on her author page.


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