This is a delightful picture book about cats and dogs from Lydia Monks, illustrator of The Singing Mermaid, What the Ladybird Heard and The Rhyming Rabbit. Kitty is fed up with being a cat and thinks that dogs have a far better time of it. They have much more fun, with all their playing, howling, barking and chasing robbers. They can even become film stars, for goodness sake. But of course, there is a downside to being a dog too. Being put on a lead can't be much fun. And chewing on old bones is a bit sad. And of course, they always have to do as they are told. Whereas cats get to catch mice and prowl like tigers and climb trees and come and go as they please - so maybe being a cat isn't so bad after all? Lydia Monks' highly original fable, I Wish I Were A Dog, reeking of envy and packed to the brim with exploding, vibrant in-your-face colour illustrations, is an absolute hoot. One of Britain's best-loved picture book illustrators, Lydia has written and illustrated many successful stories for young children including Aaaarrgghh, Spider! and Ooo, ooo, ooo, Gorilla, as well as collaborating with Julia Donaldson on the international best-sellers such as What the Ladybird Heard.