Nat is a large orange tabby cat who can sleep anywhere, any time. He sleeps in dresser drawers, baskets, a cooking pot, under blankets, and even upside down on someone’s chair. If you ever had a cat you know that they can be comfortable in any position. Nat sleeps “flopping halfway off a shelf, folded over on himself, with his paws all tucked inside, or with limbs flung open wide.” The book following a cat’s sleeping positions would be come boring fairly quickly but Anderson’s illustrations also feature a younger black and white kitten who continually tries to engage the tabby. When Nat is sleeping in a drawer, the black and white kitten is waving a toy fish on a string over his face. When Nat the cat’s sleeping in front of the bedroom door, a black and white kitten is throwing a ball at him. His attempts to awaken Nat become zanier as the book goes on, he dresses and poses like a pirate, a wizard, and an engineer actually driving a toy train. Happily, he gets his wish when the lights are all turned out. Nat joins him in his insane frolicking.
This is a rhyming book and, fortunately, the meter and rhyme holds true throughout. Because there are one or two sentences on each page, the pace does not get bogged down in contrived rhyming. The phrase “Nat the cat can sleep like that!” is repeated throughout the text to good effect.
The illustrations are funny, filled with color and action. The two cats’ personalities and zest for life comes through clearly. The last page, without words, is a humorous twist.
Cat lovers will enjoy this book, both adults and children alike.