Ethan T. Berlin & Jimbo Matison “How to Draw a Happy Cat” Book Discussion

Join author Ethan T. Berlin and illustrator Jimbo Matison to discuss “How to Draw a Happy Cat.”


Glen Rock, NJ USA

Ridgewood, NJ USA

About the Author:

Ethan T. Berlin is an Emmy Award-nominated television comedy writer and a Junior Library Guild selected picture-book author. His numerous picture books have been called “hilarious,” and “giggleworthy” by Kirkus Reviews and “recommended for all libraries” by the School Library Journal. Ethan’s TV credits include Billy On the StreetTotally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, and IFC’s Bunk. When he’s not writing his own funny stuff, Ethan teaches comedy writing at NYU and Stony Brook University.

About the Illustrator:

Jimbo Matison is a self-professed creativity addict and idea maven. He has written, directed, designed, and produced comedy shows, TV commercials, and video content and has worked on a variety of creative projects for everyone from Dreamworks TV and Starbucks to Colossal Pictures and Mondo Media. He is an official Webby Awards judge and is just a lot of fun. He has published two books, one other picture book.

About the Book:

A “How to Draw” lesson spins hilariously out of control when Cat just won’t stay happy! This relatable madcap read-aloud is immense fun, and perfect for fans of Dragons Love Tacos.

Drawing a happy cat seems like such an easy thing to do. Just follow the instructions in this book! Wait a minute . . . why doesn’t Cat look happy? We gave her a stuffy and a cool t-shirt! Uh-oh! Turns out drawing a happy cat is harder than it looks. Now it’s the reader’s job to find out why Cat isn’t staying happy AND draw everything she wants! (That might include skateboards, friends, and yes–even a pizza-flinging catapult.) This clever, often tender, laugh-out-loud picture book breaks the fourth wall in charming ways; will have kids asking for repeat reads; and will defintely have parents nodding knowingly at the escalating cycle of demands. Can you draw a happy cat?

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