The mighty Kat Kong is on a rampage! Is anyone clever enough to stop this massive meowing menace?
Kat Kong was written by Dav Pilkey and was published on September 29, 1993 by Harcourt, Inc. (then known as HMH Books). The book's color images were manipulated photographic collages, retouched with acrylic paint. It is 30 pages long.
Sometimes at night my cat, Blueberry, comes upstairs and sits with me while I paint and write. On one particular night, while I was writing the text for Dogzilla, I happened to look up and see Blueberry lying on a bookshelf looking down at me.
Blueberry is a sweet, occasionally grumpy, but always lovable cat. She does, however, sometimes have a nasty, evil look about her. That night, she was looking down at me with one of those menacing looks, and I suspected that she might be jealous that I was writing a book about the family dog, but not one about her.
So I quickly scribbled the words 'Kat Kong' on a piece of paper. Then I glanced across the room at my pet mice, who were looking kind of jealous, too.I didn't want them to feel left out, so I included them in the books as well.
— Dav Pilkey
"Doctor Varmint and his beautiful assistant, Rosie Rodent, have made--and captured--a stunning scientific discovery: the mighty Kat Kong. But when he breaks free from his shackles and tears through the streets of Mousopolis, there's no stopping his terrifying rampage. Is anyone clever enough to halt this massive meowing menace?"
Three mouse explorers, Dr. Varmint, Rosie Rodent, and Captain Limburger, sail to an uncharted island. There, they find a tribe performing a ceremony offering a can of tuna as a sacrifice while chanting, "Heeeer, Ki-tee Ki-tee!" Kat Kong appeared from the forest and tripped on the tuna. Doctor Varmint, looking at the knocked out cat, thought that they should take it to Mousopolis to make money off it. Rosie said that would not be the best thing to do, but Dr. Varmint disregarded her concerns.
Kat Kong is put in a giant bag and is transported to Mousopolis. There, Dr. Varmint shows off Kat Kong to the people of the city in a theater. However, Kat Kong breaks free from his shackles during the show and captures Rosie Rodent. He then climbs on top of the Romano Inn, and cannot be stopped by the airplanes' fire. Captain Limburger gets an idea however, and throws a present off from his plane. Kat Kong, very curious as to what might be in the present, threw himself off the building and planted himself on the ground.
- Kat Kong (Blueberry)
- Doctor Vincent Varmint
- Rosie Rodent
- Captain Charles Limburger
Sample painting from when Dav started working on Kat Kong
- This book is dedicated to Nate Howard.
- To get the fierce looks on Dav's cat, Blueberry, he snapped pictures of her while a friend blew on the back of her head.
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