Synopses & Reviews
New York Times bestseller and fan favorite Judy Schachner presents a warmly affectionate portrait of a family's devotion to their beloved cat.
Tink has everything he ever wanted delicious treats, hugs and kisses, and even a kitten to raise. The only thing missing is wild outdoor adventure. So when the opportunity arises, Tink sneaks out and becomes an outdoor cat for one unforgettable night.
Like cozy favorites such as Clare Turlay Newberry's Marshmallow and Mo Willems' City Dog, Country Frog, and with soft, meltingly tender illustrations that match the poignant tale, Judy Schachner proves what a superlative storyteller she is with this loving family story.
Life goes on: the tiny kitten that materialized in Schachner’s The Grannyman is now full grown—and something of an “odd duck” as the author puts it. Tink isn’t the smartest cat (“maybe it was because his brain was the size of a frozen pea”) but he is beloved by his family even when he tries to eat pool noodles rubber bands “and a slinky” as a long list explains. This is clearly a very personal book for Schachner (the back flap displays a picture of her family’s cat of 20 years Tink with a slinky in his mouth) and the anecdotes feel ripped from oft repeated family pet stories whether it’s Tink licking a stick of butter left out or the way his body takes on certain slinkylike dimensions when he tries to sneak outdoors. Schachner’s warm prose and mixed media artwork overflow with affection for both Tink and the SkippyJon lookalike “little friend” who joins the family. But while cat lovers (especially adult ones) will nod with recognition and appreciation there’s very little in this meandering episodic story to entice a broader readership. Ages 3–5. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
About the Author
Known for her bestselling Skippyjon Jones series, Judy Schachner also wrote and illustrated the much-loved Grannyman, which won the Nebraska Golden Sowers Award, and several other books. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, with her family and cats. Tink, one of her cats, served as the inspiration for this story.