Friday, June 18, 2021

Fairy Tale and Folktale Fridays #39: Fat Cat

 Hey there!  Welcome to "Fairy Tale and Folktale Fridays," a new feature on my blog where I discuss about some fairy tales and folktales I have read throughout the years. 

Fat Cat


Type: Folktale

Country of Origin: Denmark

Main Character Hero or Heroine: Hero or Heroine (depending on which version you read)

Recommend?: Yes! 

The story starts off with the Cat swallowing up a large batch of pies and then he proceeds to swallow up most of the townspeople, which included a wash lady and her washtub, a troop of soldiers and even the king and his elephant!  But when the Cat swallows up a mouse and her sewing basket, he soon learns the hard way that he shouldn't eat everything in site!

Wow!  This was one crazy story!  I have read many folktales about characters eating up other characters.  But, I never read a folktale that involved a cat eating up most of the people in town!  I was also surprised by how violent the ending of this story got as I won't spoil the ending for those of you who haven't read this story yet, but let's just say that it involves a bit of surgery.  Definitely a fun story to read!

1. How did you feel about the Cat eating up all the people in town?

I will admit that I was a bit disturbed by the cat eating up most of the people in the story since it's rare that I've seen a story where a cat of all animals eats up people.


  1. That sounds interesting. It would probably horrify the kids I teach, but I'd be laughing on the inside. Man, I'm terrible.