Synopses & Reviews
Mrs. McTats loves cats -- and they love her too! At first Mrs. McTats has only one cat, Abner, but quickly finds herself in a house andlt;Iandgt;burstingandlt;/Iandgt; with twenty-five! She names each one with a different letter of the alphabet, but stops short at Z. Then there's a scratch on the door. Surprise! Mrs. McTats finds what the family needs to be complete.
"Capucilli (the Biscuit books) and Rankin (Wow! It's Great Being a Duck) create a picture of cozy domesticity while incorporating a subtle lesson in letters and numbers. Mrs. McTats and her cat, Abner, lead a quiet life until the day two bewhiskered strangers turn up on their doorstep. The heroine doesn't hesitate. '"Come in, my sweet dears,"/ said Mrs. McTats./ "I'm sure I've got room/ for just two more cats."' Thus Basil and Curly join the household. Three more show up the next day, then four, until the furry family extends to Pip, Quip and Rosebud on through Winnie, Xinnie and Yodel. Yet this abecedary tale leaves room for one final surprise; as Mrs. McTats puzzles over a feeling that 'something was missing,' she opens the door to greet not a cat, but a puppy named Zoom. With just the merest hint of pastel shades in her watercolors, Rankin artfully blurs the edges of characters and surroundings alike into softly rounded shapes. She dresses the pages with oval shrubbery, round rugs, overstuffed cushions and, most notably, the beaming, unflappable Mrs. McTats herself, as plump as her fetching, well-fed pets. Other comic touches include Abner hilariously mimicking his mistress's every expression and pose, and the faces in an heirloom portrait, which shift from surprise to bafflement to downright disapproval at the ever-expanding residents of the snugly appointed cottage. Ages 3-7." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Cat Fancy Playful rhymes reveal surprises with an alphabetic twist....
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From the author of the Biscuit series comes this rhythmic story about a woman who loves cats and soon finds herself in a house bursting with 25 cats. She names each one after a letter in the alphabet, but must stop at Z. Then she hears a scratch at her door . . . Full color.
About the Author
Alyssa Satin Capucilli is the award-winning creator and author of the Katy Duck and Biscuit series. A dancer as well as a writer, she lives with her family in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. Joan Rankin
has illustrated over twenty-five books for children. She received the South African HAUM Dann Retief Prize for children's book illustration in 1986 and the Katrina Harris Award for Children's Book Illustration in 1991. She has illustrated numerous books on the McElderry list, including A Frog in the Bog
by Karma Wilson and Off to First Grade
by Louise Borden. Ms. Rankin lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her husband and three daughters.