The Good Luck Cat

Book review by
Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Cat in constant peril in picture book better for older kids.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Parents can use this book to talk about how to treat animals. Also, they could talk about Native American customs, as the narrator makes references to her family attending powwows.

Positive Messages

A cat's life (or lives) may not always be easy, but Woogie the cat brings a lot of happiness to one little girl and her family.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The narrator loves her good luck cat, and while she doesn't always make the best choices for Woogie's safety, she is sad when she goes missing and puts out her favorite treats. Other members of the family help with the search.

Violence & Scariness

The cat's life is threatened nine times: Boys shoot Woogie with a BB gun; a sharp-toothed dog chases her; a car nearly hits her; the cat spins helplessly in the dryer, and more. 


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this book is about a cat who may have used up its nine lives being shot at by kids with a BB gun, accidentally trapped in a dryer, chased by a dog, and more. Families who have recently lost a pet may want to find another book -- but for those considering adding a furry friend to their household, this story can provide a good way to talk about how to treat pets (and also a reminder about their crazy cat antics, like sleeping near car motors and fighting with other felines).  Even though this is a picture book, it is probably a better fit for elementary-aged kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bySandraS 1 October 8, 2014

one of my favorite picture books

We are a cat loving family, and this book is one of our favorites. The book is well written and I love the characters. Many bad things happen to the cat, whic... Continue reading
Adult Written bylindsey12345 April 5, 2009
why did you do this for 4 year olds it is off
Kid, 11 years old July 26, 2009
Kid, 10 years old May 16, 2009


Nobody should read this.It's sooo sad!!!!!Poor kitty!!!

What's the story?

Woogie is a good luck cat -- after all, Aunt Shelly won at bingo after petting her. But the cat is quickly running through its nine lives after she is almost killed by a car, trapped in the clothes dryer, attacked a ferocious dog, and even shot at by boys with a BB gun. When Woogie disappears one day, the little girl narrating the story fears she is gone for good. For four days she worries and searches, until she wakes up to find Woogie \"purring and singing as if she had never left.\"

Is it any good?

Beautiful, striped, and scrappy, Woogie’s easy to love, and illustrations of her fighting another cat with her hackles raised or contently curled up next to her food bowl are realistically rendered. While the cat is in constant peril in this book, no actual violence is shown, and the majority of elementary-school kids should be able to deal with the content. They, too, will be most struck by some of the insightful writing, such as "When I pet her she purrs as if she has a drum near her heart."




Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the idea of a cat having nine lives. Why do people say that about cats? What does it really mean?

  • What are some ways the girl was a good pet owner? Was there anything she could have done better?

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