Synopses & Reviews
In cut-paper artist Nikki McClureand#8217;s latest picture book, a kitten practices the basics of feline behavior over the course of a day. A single word of text per spread teaches readers and#147;how to be a catand#8221;and#151;how to stretch, clean, pounce, feastand#151;while the striking paper cuts illustrate the kittenand#8217;s attempts to imitate an adult catand#8217;s mastery of each skill. At times the kitten triumphantly succeeds, and at other times the kitten struggles, in vignettes that range from whimsical to profound.
A celebration of all things feline, How to Be a Cat also tells a universal story of mastering life skills, and of the sometimes tender, sometimes stern relationship between parent and child, teacher and pupil. Cat lovers of all ages will connect to this loving portrayal of a mentor-student relationship.
Praise for How to Be a Cat
"Purrrrfect for beginning readers and little artists with an eye for fine cut-paper compositions and craftsmanship."
and#151;Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A delightful picture book in every way. Beginning with the paw-print endpapers, youngsters will know that they are in for an adventure. The simplicity and flow of page design are beautifully done as viewers follow a kitten and his mother as she teaches him basic feline behavior."
and#151;School Library Journal, starred review
"McClure's cut-paper spreads can be mesmerizing."
"McClure wonderfully captures the shape and movement of the feline form, and kids will also enjoy pointing out the blue and white butterflies and the black-capped chickadee that also appear on several pages."
and#151;The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Perfect for cat lovers of all ages, the book helps us reconnect with memories of our own jouney of growth and learning."
'\"This Newbery Honor winner is distinguished by innovative design and a strong storyteller\'s cadence.\" (School Library Journal
\'s \"One Hundred Books that Shaped the Century\")
\"A perennial favorite.\" (The New York Times) '
How an old couple came to have just one cat to call their own is a classic tale that has been loved for generations. A Newbery Honor Book. Illustrations.
'Wanda Gg\'s enchanting tale of the very old man who went off in search of the prettiest cat in the world for his wife and returned instead with millions to choose from has become an American classic, widely recognized as the first modern picture book. First published in 1928, it was a recipient of the 1929 Newbery Honor Book Award and has gone on to sell over a million copies. With its charming illustrations and rhythmic, sing-song refrain, Millions of Cats remains as beloved today as it was when it first appeared three-quarters of a century ago.'
Once upon a time there was an old man and an old woman who were very lonely. They decided to get a cat, but when the old man went out searching, he found not one cat, but millions and billions and trillions of cats! Unable to decide which one would be the best pet, he brought them all home. How the old couple came to have just one cat to call their own is a classic tale that has been loved for generations. Winner of a Newbery Honor, this collector's edition—featuring a heavy interior stock, spot gloss and embossing on the cover, and a thread-sewn binding—will bring this beloved tale to a whole new generation of readers.
About the Author
Nikki McClure is a self-taught cut-paper artist known for her calendar and gift line. She is the author and illustrator of Collect Raindrops; Mama, Is It Summer Yet?; To Market, to Market; and Apple, and the illustrator of All in a Day, written by Cynthia Rylant. She lives in Olympia, Washington. Visit nikkimcclure.com.