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Poppy Cat



Lovable book character brings delightful adventures to TV.

What parents need to know

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

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.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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The show is inspired by children's books by Lara Jones.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:November 7, 2011
Cast:Joanna Page
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Character strengths:Curiosity
TV rating:NR

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Educator and Parent Written byJAMC October 25, 2013

Poppy Cat is a sweet, charming, friendly little show

Poppy Cat is a sweet little show with 12-minute episodes featuring a few animal friends who go on imaginative adventures. There's a general theme of helping friends and strangers alike, being polite, being adventurous and conquering fears/trying new things. The characters are generally sweet (the antagonist, Egbert, is irritating but harmless) with just occasional somewhat-under-the-radar sarcasm and eye-rolling from Owl and no name-calling. The animation is refreshingly sweet and almost has an "a child drew this" aesthetic, with clunky, whimsical and colorful backdrops. As a mom of two girls, I'm also interested in how children's shows depict gender roles, how often the female characters are princesses, etc. What I like about Poppy Cat is that it's largely gender neutral-- while one of the two female characters (Alma) is fairly "girly," the other (Poppy) is fairly gender-neutral. I mean that in a "everyone goes deep-sea diving and Alma has a pink helmet but Poppy has a yellow one like all of the male characters" kind of way. For what it's worth, that sort of thing is presented in Poppy Cat in a subtle way, where other shows tend to make "girly" concessions for their female characters. Of course, I could be over-analyzing :) Overall, Poppy Cat is a charming little show and my girls have been mesmerized by it long enough for me to get lunch put together since they were 11 months old. It's a staple for us! EDITED TO ADD: I noted that CSM has given Poppy Cat a one-star "Consumerism" rating. There is a book series from which this show originated; however, I'd like to add that the series is of UK origin and in the US it's hard to find much by way of Poppy Cat merchandise. I considered a Poppy Cat themed second birthday party for my twins and couldn't find anything at all, and even a stuffed Poppy Cat would have to be shipped (for quite a bit of money) from the UK. I wish there was a bit more offered on this side of the pond, but the show has only been on-air even in the UK for a bit over a year now.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
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!


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