ISBN 9781405290944

A funny and heartwarming story about a girl and her pet cat, who becomes a World Cup celebrity! 

There’s a football challenge at Yusra’s school and everyone wants to win. Which class can find the best way to predict England’s World Cup results? Yusra has an idea – her pet cat Gus could help! As Gus keeps guessing the scores right, the word spreads and soon everyone wants a piece of the famous football cat.  But is the life of a celebrity as purrfect as it seems?

Illustrated by: Alex Paterson
Published by : Egmont
Age Range: From 5 years
Book Band: Lime


“Remember Paul the game-predicting octopus? This is a take on that story for emerging readers, following a young refugee and her mysterious cat who seems to always know the score. It’s a terrific little story which shows – rather than tells – this girl and her dad fitting into their community through a love of football. Great stuff.”  Books for keeps


Colouring sheet here 


Writing Gus the Famous Football Cat

Find out why I chose to give the main character Yusra,  a Syrian backstory here.



Here is Gus – the Famous Football Cat …




And here is my cat Gus who helped me to write the story …




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