From the Publisher
“Cox's cartoon illustrations, complete with talk balloons, add to the wicked humor. Readers will hope for an American release of the sequel, Return of the Killer Cat.” Kirkus Reviews
“The author of Alias Madam Doubtfire and other popular stories writes with the same delicious wickedness for a younger audience.” Booklist
“Funny throughout. . .the black-and-white sketches, some full page, bring movement and personality to the characters.” School Library Journal
“Wry first-person story of a not-so-fearsome feline. Fans of this cheeky fellow will meet an equally likeable narrator . . . in Fine's Notso Hotso.” Publisher's Weekly
“The sardonic British humor . . . and hilarious surprise twist at the end makes this and Fine's similar dog's journal, Notso Hotso, excellent choices for kids ready to tackle a chapter book.” Reading Today
Children's Literature - Ellis Beier
From the beginning, Tuffy does not understand why his behavior this week is so shocking to his family. The scrappy cat admits to killing a bird, leaving mud stains on the carpet, and (supposedly) smothering the neighbor's rabbit, but claims all those things fall under his job description as a house cat. His fussy name is counterbalanced by his wicked humor and sarcasm as he narrates his defensive side of the story. The black-and-white drawings show Tuffy's attitude and give color and movement to the characters. The misunderstanding is worked out and, in the end, the family learns an important lesson about judgment. This is the companion volume to Fine's dog story Notso Hotso (2006).
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Tuffy the cat stars in this lighthearted beginning chapter book. His narrative describes accusations against him during the course of a week, such as stalking a bird and leaving bloodstains on the carpet, ruining the flower beds, and (allegedly) killing the neighbors' pet rabbit. From the first page, it is evident that he does not understand why his behavior upsets his family. After all, he is a cat. The family consists of an indifferent mother, a hostile father, and a loving little girl. Most of the action involves Tuffy and the father, who is determined to oust the feline from the household. The book is funny throughout because of the cat's confusion about reactions to his natural behavior and his defensive narrative. In the end, the man learns a valuable lesson on judgment. The black-and-white sketches, some full page, bring movement and personality to the characters.-Diane Eddington, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"So hang me. I killed the bird. For pity's sake, I'm a cat. It's practically my job to go creeping around the garden after sweet little eensy-weensy birdy-pies. . . . " Tuffy, the cat of the title, enjoys the funeral his owner Ellie and her parents hold for the bird the next day. This doesn't stop him from bringing a dead mouse to them the following day. Then he goes much too far, or so his family thinks, when he drags in Thumper the rabbit from next door. Ellie and the family spiff up the corpse and put it back in the cage only to find Thumper had died of natural causes, rather than at the claws of Tuffy. Published in Britain in 1994, Fine's take on the urban legend dubbed "The Hare Dryer" is made all the more fun by giving the telling of the tale to the supposed perpetrator. Cox's cartoon illustrations, complete with talk balloons, add to the wicked humor. Readers will hope for an American release of the sequel, Return of the Killer Cat. (Fiction. 7-10)