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Fuddles by Frans Vischer is about a black and white house cat who longs to go outside. He has a pampered life — getting to eat gourmet foods, getting the spa treatment and so forth. But he's a cat and he wants out. Except once he does get out, he desperately wants to get home! Outside is bigger, scarier and more dangerous than he had thought.
Vischer works as an animator for Disney and that shows in his illustrations. There's a certain Disney flair to the way Fuddles is drawn.
Reviews I've read point at the moral being "pay attention to mother" but my daughter saw the book more literally as being about taking care of a house cat. The book didn't strike her as especially realistic — especially the pampering parts. She just couldn't understand how any cat would put up with sitting under a blowdryer.
In December, the sequel, A Very Fuddles Christmas was released. It is a hilarious follow up which my daughter and I both loved. I will be posting a full review of it later.