The Secret Diary of a Naughty Cat: Book Review

The Secret Diary of a Naughty Cat by Daniel Riding. Read the review today at Miss Jenny's ClassroomNaughty Cat here - I'm going to let you in on some secrets about us cats and our humans. Oh, and I'll give you some advice as well about how to be...well, a naughty cat!

Title: The Secret Diary of a Naughty Cat
Series: Naughty Cat
Author: Daniel Riding
ISBN: 9781521382776       Language: English

Classification: Fiction
Themes: cause and effect, perspective

What's it about?This is the diary of...well, Naughty Cat (he can't remember his original name)...who is imparting this thoughts about humans and their strange traits. Most importantly he is giving advice to those kittens to come on how exactly to train their humans and what ways to have fun with them (at the human's expense).

This is really well-written in the terms of the flow of the story. It jumps straight in and keeps going. The writing-style is very engaging - you can hear the cat's voice as you read. Length-wise the author nailed it.

Can I have another diary please...oh wait, there's another about to be released!

The Secret Diary of a Naughty Cat by Daniel Riding. Read the review today at Miss Jenny's ClassroomMy Thoughts
When I saw this book I loved the cover and the title. I've owned a cat for most of my life and I am well aware of their unqiue little traits, quirks, and annoyances. Naughty Cat really gives voice to that cat you see running around like a mad-thing, or proudly exiting the kitty litter box while everyone gags at the smell, or of course that frustrating experience of buying food for your cat - only for it to sit there looking at you with the "Seriously?" look.

I would definitely use this book in the classroom or at home. This book would appeal to children between the ages of about 5-10 years and I think would do well particularly engaging reluctant readers. The sentences are quite simple and easy to be understood - there is no unnecessary "flowery" descriptions to bog down a reader - and the flow...I mean, I just wanted to keep reading! I read the book over two nights because I wanted to stretch it out. The length of the chapters means that this is an ideal chapter book - so one chapter at a time would hold your students' attention.

Learning opportunities - not sure where to start! I think I'll sit down and put together a Teaching Ideas page because this book could be used in so many ways. Perspective (point-of-view) writing would be top of my list; comparison of human and cat perspective as well; for science a cat observation task...

Yep, this one's a winner on all levels!

Daniel Riding - author and blogger - website


  1. Lauren Davis9 May 2018 at 08:10

    This looks like such a cute book! I definitely have a naughty cat of my own at home lol!

  2. Alex Ives (@alex_bettert)9 May 2018 at 11:43

    Looks like a cute book! We aren't cat lovers here but my daughter would still enjoy this :)

  3. Steph @ Renovation Bay-Bee9 May 2018 at 14:08

    Sounds like a fun book, My daughter would love this book, I will have to suggest it to her

  4. Amy - All about a Mummy9 May 2018 at 14:09

    My girls are obsessed with cats so they would love this! Will have to give it a go.

  5. This is deffo one for me! I love the kitty cat theme of the book x

  6. mymoneycottage10 May 2018 at 03:38

    This sounds like one my daughter would enjoy :)

  7. Aww I love the idea of this book! My friend loves cats so I will mention it to her!

  8. Sounds like a good read. My 7yo daughter might like this 😀