Kid’s Review: The Nine Lives of Furry Purry Bean Cat

Kid’s Review: The Nine Lives of Furry Purry Bean Cat

About the Book and Author

This is the first title of a brand new young fiction series from author Philip Ardagh, with illustrations by Rob Biddulph, that is published by Simon and Schuster. Philip and Rob are both award-winning artists so it is no wonder that this highly capable team have succeeded in creating a fun and engaging story for children aged 5-10 years.

Meet Furry Purry Beancat – one EXTRAORDINARY cat with nine EXTRAORDINARY lives!

Just like every other cat, Furry Purry Beancat loves a catnap. But unlike other cats, when Beancat wakes she finds herself about to embark on a whole new adventure!

In this first book, join our furry (and purry!) heroine as she sets sail aboard a pirate ship, helping her captain and his shipmates fight a rival crew in an epic battle at sea! Can Furry Purry Beancat help save the day?

Furry Furry Bean Cat front cover

At 6ft 7in tall with an impressive beard to match, Philip Ardagh has been a published author for twenty-eight years; written over a hundred books; and been translated into around forty languages. His awards include the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and Germany’s prestigious Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis. His books range from the best-selling Eddie Dickens series, to the award-winning Grubtown Tales, and The Grunts quartet, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. He is a regular talking-head on TV and radio, discussing the world of children’s books.


Rob Biddulph is a bestselling and multi award-winning author/illustrator. He is also the official World Book Day Illustrator for 2019 and 2020. His first picture book, Blown Away (HarperCollins), won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2015. His second book, GRRRRR! (HarperCollins) was nominated for the CILIP Greenaway Medal and the IBW Children’s Picture Book of the Year in 2016.

Book Review

I loved the main character bean cat because he makes up exciting plans

Bean cat is a cheeky cat who has nine adventures, just like cats who have nine lives. This book is about one of those adventures. Bean cat wakes up as a pirate’s cat.

My favourite part was when bean cat and blue stole the keys off one-eyed Bart, I laughed because it was so funny.

I loved the main character bean cat because he makes up exciting plans.

Sometimes things do go wrong and it is very funny.

I really liked this book and I think children who like adventures would like it too.

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Reviewer Profile

Young Reviewer Charlie
  • Name: Charlie
  • Age: 7 years
  • Likes: Adventuring, climbing and reading
  • Dislikes: Singing and dancing
  • Favourite Book: The Famous Five by Enid Blyton
  • Favourite Film: the Harry Potter films
  • Favourite Song: Jump Around by House of Pain