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Name That Trauma:: Kevin M. on a Cyclops Cat Children’s Book

January 7th, 2020 by unkle lancifer · 4 Comments

I read a children’s picture book that must have been published sometime in the mid to late ’70s. 


The book was about the size of a magazine, it had color illustrations and was about a young cat that went to sea. The cat stood upright and wore blue pants and a white shirt, along with some kind of a headband/kerchief. 
The body of the book includes mild adventures, but the kindtraumatic part comes on the last page: the cat departing for a scary nautical adventure, he’s looking at the reader but behind him, you see all kinds of frightening stuff in the distance, including an island with large cyclops cats. 


It’s *not* Ricard Adam’s The Ship’s Cat. 


Any help tracking down the name or images from this book would be a huge help. 

Tags: Name That Trauma!




4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 LiviaBNo Gravatar // Jan 8, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Could it be “The Rainy-Day Cat” by Kathy Wilburn? Here is the synopsis: “Kept inside by the rain, Fanny, a cat, imagines she’s on a sailing ship, taming a dragon, casting magical spells, traveling beneath the sea, and exploring new lands.”
    When doing an image search I found an illustration where the cat is wearing a red handkerchief as she encounters the (very ugly) dragon.

  • 2 Kevin MaherNo Gravatar // Jan 9, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Thanks Livia. I’d never heard of “The Rainy-Day Cat”, that looks a little similar, but unfortunately that’s not it. I’m so impressed you looked and commented, though. Thanks!

  • 3 Grant G.No Gravatar // Jan 11, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Might it have been called Captain Kitty? Your description of the illustration reminds me of it. I recall the book was written in rhyme and started:

    Oh, Captain Kitty, where have you been?
    I’ve been sailing the ocean blue,
    And (so-and-so) was my good first mate,
    And Pearly and Mew were the crew.

  • 4 Kevin MaherNo Gravatar // Jan 18, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Wow, Captain Kitty looks adorable!

    But no, that’s not it.

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