Poppy Cat

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Lovable book character brings delightful adventures to TV.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

The series has positive messages for kids about curiosity, adventure, friendship, and the joy of reading as shown through the eyes of a young girl who shares books with her cat.

Positive Messages

Adventure and imagination are central to each story, and the characters' experiences present opportunities to solve problems, explore their friendships, meet new friends, and express themselves. There's great diversity among the characters, with regard to both their appearances and their personalities.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters model healthy friendships and enjoy helping each other solve their problems. Each story begins by showing Lara reading a story to Poppy Cat, which illustrates the joy of literacy and storytelling.

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The show is inspired by children's books by Lara Jones.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this short preschool series is based on picture books by Lara Jones, so it's a great segue into some read-aloud time with your tot. The delightful characters embark on adventures that appeal to young kids' curiosity about the world; along the way they meet new friends who help guide them to their destination. Each story offers Poppy and his friends the opportunity to solve a problem, fix mistakes, express their feelings, and discover something new about their world, all of which has positive messages for preschoolers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byAlcyoneSong December 3, 2017

Quiet show good for winding down

I encounter Poppy Cat nearly ten years ago in the UK, as the children I looked after had several of the books. The simplistic art, bold colors, and gentle char... Continue reading
Adult Written byAuntieRants July 1, 2017

Wonderful kids show to entertain and delight

This show is unique, entertaining, appropriate, and fun! I live with my 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, and 12 year old nieces and nephews, and the ones 5 and under always s... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 8, 2012


Strangely, I am amused by this. Usually I'm annoyed by shows for 3-year olds. But this I can grow to like!

What's the story?

POPPY CAT is an animated series based on books of the same name by Lara Jones. The stories center on a feline named Poppy Cat (voiced by Joanna Page) and his menagerie of friends, all of whom travel to far-off places to see and learn about the world. Poppy Cat's adventures are introduced by his human, a young girl named Lara, who starts out each episode by reading a story to her faithful kitty before Poppy Cat and his friends take center stage and set off on grand journeys via hot air balloons, pirate ships, and the like.

Is it any good?

Everything about this whimsical short-form series beckons to preschoolers, from the simple animation style to the characters' inherent curiosity, and tots are sure to want to come along for the ride when Poppy Cat and his friends are at the helm. There's no adventure too big -- or small -- for this bunch, and their travels teach them important lessons about relating to others, solving problems, and talking about their feelings. The characters do a very good job of showing (not just telling) kids that even though we're all different, we can still find enough common ground to build a friendship and work together.

Perhaps the best aspect of this show is that it introduces youngsters to a lovable set of characters who can come alive for them in the pages of Jones' books, as well, giving parents a great reason to cuddle up with their kiddies for some reading after the TV's turned off. With a running time of around 10 minutes per episode, there's ample opportunity to work in both to the routine.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Poppy Cat's adventures. What prompted the characters to set off on a journey? How did they travel? Whom did they meet? Did they find what they were looking for? What did they learn from the experience?

  • Kids: How are Poppy Cat and his friends different from each other? Do these differences ever cause problems or misunderstandings? How is diversity a good thing among friends? How are you and your friends different? 

  • Have you read any of the Poppy Cat books? Which are your favorites? Do the characters' animated selves stay true to how they seem in the books? What, if any, changes do you notice between the stories and the series? What other books would you like to see as TV shows?

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