Ben Parzybok

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Cats driving cars (with attitude)

So Coen and I were daydreaming about what would make the perfect story — a story we wanted to be told right then — and we both came to the realization that there was one subject that a writer just couldn’t fail at, and that’s Cats Driving Cars. Whenever you’ve got cats driving cars you’ve got a successful foundation for a story.

So we went looking for examples and found this.

Hmm.. Now I love Richard Scarry as much as the next guy, but this isn’t doing it. 

It was then we realized the last essential piece of the success of a Cats Driving Cars story. It can’t be just any cat. This has got to be a cat who is at the very least aloof. More likely it’s pissed-off, mean, mischievous, has a nasty habit, or is just downright insane. Dr. Seuss understood this:

Here’s the pissed-off cat variation:

There are a number of variations that also work. Mice on motorcycles, if they’re badasses:

While there’s no vehicle involved, traveling dogs with suitcases and insatiable appetites work:


Mischievous cats on cross country skis also work:

Cross-Country Cat by Mary Calhoun and Erick Ingraham


Even Ducks on Bikes get there. In the last frame of this book below, duck ambitiously eyes a tractor with a touch of megalomania. 

I told my friends David and Lucie this about our theories and they pointed me to Bjork’s video in which she is married to a cat:

Although it gets a little weird for me at the 4:40 mark, I think it’s right on until then.

I’d love to fill out our library (childrens or otherwise) with the Cats Driving Cars genre and its sub categories, let me know if you have any suggestions.

Author: Benjamin Parzybok

My name is Ben Parzybok and I'm a novelist and programmer living in Portland, OR. @sparkwatson



  1. What about a cat in a boat? Then there’s always the tension that it might get wet. (which of course is even worse than crashing a car) How about “Cat in a kayak”?

    Hi Ben! It’s Kim from Evergreen, way back when. Congratulations on your book! That’s wonderful!! I’ve just finished a book too (illustrating, that is). Though mine doesn’t delve quite as deeply into the loss of knowledge and cultural homogenisation, it does have some very nice pictures of libraries.

    Anyway, take care and keep up the good blogging…

  2. Hey Kim!
    That’s awesome – great to hear from you. What’s your book? And are you really living in Australia? Do tell.

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