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Publisher Comments:

Cats: They wake you up at dawn, nap on your lap, perch on the book you're reading, and sometimes act as though they don't know you. They are a constant source of puzzlement?and joy. In this collection of poems, Dave Crawley pays tribute to the fabulous, finicky felines he has known and loved since childhood, capturing classic cat antics with affection and humor. Tamara Petrosino's watercolor illustrations amplify the humor and depict cats' expressions, postures, and mischievous ways as only a devoted cat owner could.

Review:

"Cat lovers will likely embrace Crawley's rhyming verse, which addresses feline types and idiosyncrasies with unapologetic adoration. Illustrations of cats, identified with such exotic captions as devon rex and turkish angora, along with the more familiar Siamese and manx, decorate the endpapers, while self-evident titles (e.g., 'Stay, Little Stray,' 'Grocery Store Cat,' 'Catnap') reveal the poems' subjects. Petrosino (How Prudence Proovit Proved the Truth About Fairy Tales) varies the format from full-spread compositions to the very clever vignettes in 'Sleeper,' which breaks the poem down, line by line, into comic-style panels, with portraits of the pet snoozing in a variety of locales ('She slouched on the couch./ She sprawled in the hall./ She curled in a ball on the stool by the wall'). Unfortunately the full-page and full-spread compositions do not always match the wry economy achieved in these grid-like panels ('City Cat, Country Cat' is another example of the artist's forte). The overarching theme of the collection accentuates the loving bond between cats and humans, which triumphs over the frustrations felines can induce. In 'Mind Reader,' for instance, a cat disrupts a girl's study time: 'He stops and flops on chapter one./ I'll never get my homework done!'; but once the child starts playing, she says: 'I think I see a little smirk./ He knew I didn't want to work.' A playful, extended ode to feline friends. Ages 7-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Dave Crawley's poetry for children appears in several anthologies, including If Kids Ruled the School. He works as a features reporter at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and also serves on Pittsburgh's board of the Animal Rescue League.

Tamara Petrosino is the illustrator of Rocky: The Cat Who Barks, by Donna Jo Napoli and Marie Kane, as well as many other books for young readers. She resides in Rutherford, New Jersey, with her beloved cat, Charlie.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590782873
Author:
Crawley, Dave
Publisher:
WordSong
Author:
Petrosino, Tamara
Subject:
Cats
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry - General
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Poetry / Plays
Subject:
Animals - Cats
Subject:
Children's poetry, American
Subject:
Poetry : General
Subject:
Children's poetry
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Poems.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20050401
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 2 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10.5 x 10.5 in 1.02 lb
Age Level:
08-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Cat lovers will likely embrace Crawley's rhyming verse, which addresses feline types and idiosyncrasies with unapologetic adoration. Illustrations of cats, identified with such exotic captions as devon rex and turkish angora, along with the more familiar Siamese and manx, decorate the endpapers, while self-evident titles (e.g., 'Stay, Little Stray,' 'Grocery Store Cat,' 'Catnap') reveal the poems' subjects. Petrosino (How Prudence Proovit Proved the Truth About Fairy Tales) varies the format from full-spread compositions to the very clever vignettes in 'Sleeper,' which breaks the poem down, line by line, into comic-style panels, with portraits of the pet snoozing in a variety of locales ('She slouched on the couch./ She sprawled in the hall./ She curled in a ball on the stool by the wall'). Unfortunately the full-page and full-spread compositions do not always match the wry economy achieved in these grid-like panels ('City Cat, Country Cat' is another example of the artist's forte). The overarching theme of the collection accentuates the loving bond between cats and humans, which triumphs over the frustrations felines can induce. In 'Mind Reader,' for instance, a cat disrupts a girl's study time: 'He stops and flops on chapter one./ I'll never get my homework done!'; but once the child starts playing, she says: 'I think I see a little smirk./ He knew I didn't want to work.' A playful, extended ode to feline friends. Ages 7-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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