Atticus Claw Breaks the Law

Written by Jennifer Gray

Part of the Atticus Claw: World's Greatest Cat Detective Series

Key Stage 2 General Fiction

LoveReading View on Atticus Claw Breaks the Law

Winner of the 2014 Red House Children's Book Awards Best Book for Younger Readers - Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2013  Atticus Claw is a cat with a background. And not in a good way… Atticus Claw is the world’s leading cat burglar and, when he’s approached by the equally criminal Jimmy Magpie to steal all the sparkling gems in Littleton-on-Sea, the pair looks set for a life of crime. But then Atticus Claw meets Inspector Cheddar and his family and soon he sees there is more to life than crime… Told with a light touch, this is an attractively witty story with great animal characters. 

Perfect for fans of Humphrey the Hamster and other madcap animal adventues, the hilarious but loveable rogue Atticus will keep readers guessing as he tries to decide whether his cat burglar days are over for good!

Atticus Claw Breaks the Law Synopsis

When Atticus receives a mysterious message asking him to a meeting in a sleepy coastal town, he packs his bags and sets off. The world's greatest cat burglar likes a good mystery and this time curiosity has got the better of him. The writer of the message, it turns out, is none other than Jimmy the Magpie, gang leader. He wants Atticus to steal all the jewels in town and leave the humans baffled. And what could be more straightforward? But when Atticus moves in with Inspector Cheddar and his family, he starts to wonder if a life of crime is really for him ...

Atticus Claw Breaks the Law Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Harry Gray, age 7 - 'We  really enjoyed this book especially all the characters and their names!  My five year old brother enjoyed it too.' Read full review >
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  • Phelan, age 10 - 'An extremely enjoyable and funny read with an amazing feline called Atticus Claw.' Read full review >
  • James Galbraith, age 6 - 'Funny, mysterious and exciting not to be missed.' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'A really funny and exciting book. Atticus Claw Breaks the Law is purrfect!' Read full review >
  • Faye Dawson, age 8 - 'Ever wondered the truth about what the animals around you are thinking? Read on to find out...' Read full review >
  • Noah Hall, age 8 - 'Atticus, the world's greatest cat burglar is hired by Jimmy the Magpie to steal all the jewels in Littleton-on-Sea.  Good characters and great story.' Read full review >
  • Kenya Hector, age 7 - 'This book is really great I love it so much I want to read it over and over again because it was sometimes a bit funny and I kept on laughing very much.' Read full review >
  • Isaac East, age 8 - 'Top score for Atticus Claw Breaks the Law – the sneakiest cat in town.  Do you like villainous adventure stories?  Do you like books about funny animals?  If so here’s your perfect book.' Read full review >
  • Ruma Pierre, age 8 - 'I loved Atticus Claws Breaks the Law because I absolutely could not put it down.  Also I just got into it as I started reading it.' Read full review >
  • Jessica Cobbin, age 7 - 'Atticus is a really cool cat...This is a really good book to read and I think everyone will love it.  I wish that I could have a cat like Atticus.' Read full review >
  • Holly Wilkins, age 10 - 'You can't put it down!  You always want to turn the page to find out what happens next...One of my favourite books.  You must read this book!' Read full review >
  • Bethany Urquhart, age 8 - 'I couldn’t put it down, it was like there was glue on the spine!' Read full review >
  • Brodie Greenslade, age 8 - 'An exciting tale of a cat, some jewellery thieves and an Inspector called Cheddar. Funny, thrilling and definitely recommended!' Read full review >

Atticus Claw Breaks the Law Press Reviews

‘Atticus is the coolest feline on the block.’ Andy Cope, author of Spy Dog


‘Atticus Claw puts the WOW! into meow . . . Highly recommended by my cat!’  Jeremy Strong, author of The Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Dog

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571284498
Publication date: 6th September 2012
Author: Jennifer Gray
Publisher: Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: General Fiction

About Jennifer Gray

Jennifer Gray is a lawyer and writer. Jennifer's other work includes the Guinea Pigs Online series for younger readers, and a new series for 7+, Chicken Mission. Her Atticus Claw books have been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and received numerous great reviews - especially from children! She lives in London and Scotland with her husband and four children, and of course Henry, a friendly but enigmatic cat.  

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