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Bits & Pieces Hardcover – October 22, 2013
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There is a lovely mix of soft colors and tangled, frenzied lines, her usual jittery black outlining perfectly matches the hyperventilating stories of her cats, and this one is hysterical. She has the right mix of large double page spread drawings, or large format pages with an opposite page full of smaller sequential drawings with those bubble blurbs of dialogue. Lots to keep little eyes and big people eyes busy and fascinated.
Schachner's odd storytelling style is at its best here, with lovely lines throughout, such as the two little girls who know exactly where the lost cat is and "then off they flew like two feathers in the wind." My favorite scenes are the shocked look on the Scotty's face as Tink wanders blithely by and the double page spread of Tink lost in the deep blue of nightime.
Some years ago I discovered the children's books of British author Graham Oakley and as I read through Bits and Pieces, on my third time (is it delicious and so beguiling) I realized Schachner has that same genius for intimately scaled details within these little scenes, full of ancedotal goodies, like private jokes and gentle jabs of humor, as I loved in Oakley.
While to the big people this may read something akin to a beloved cat's biography to those little eyes and ears it is the story of a little cat ... with the brain the size of a pea. Enjoy, this is her best one yet.
And now we have the story of Tink, who was The Grannyman's tiny kitten. Tink has a wonderful life with his family because he had a Grannyman. He knows how to enjoy life. One day his two human sisters decided to look in his ears. When they did, they saw... each other! Hmmm. That explains a lot. Tink liked to snack on things that were not good for him. One day he was so sick he was taken to the vet where he was given a red pill. Oh my! Tink wanted adventure and wanted to try the outside even though he liked being an indoor cat. Sometimes his family had to go away and leave him so they brought Tink a little kitten so he could have some company. After a hissy pffftty beginning Tink and the kitten curled up together and went to sleep. Tink knew he would have to teach the kitten how to be a good cat...
The story continues until Tink is twenty years old and decides to have a new adventure. Wait until you read what he gets up to! Ha! The illustrations are priceless and so funny. I loved, loved, loved this book. Highly recommended!
Bits was raised by A Grandpa Siamese cat. But as he gets older he is always into mischief until a darling baby Siamese comes to live. Little Pieces is raised by Bits and Bits finds his darling purpose in life. I love this book because these cats act just like mine-Crazy.
bits & pieces by judy schachner (yes the lowercase is on purpose)
This was a beautifully illustrated children's book about two cats, one old and one young, who love each other to pieces. Tink teaches the young kitten the ways of cats. When Tink is an old cat, he gets out of the house with his family noticing. Will Tink ever find his way home? A wonderful story for cat lovers, young and old alike. I borrowed this book from the public library.
I highly recommend her books..~!~!~!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a story for all ages!!! I'll be reading this to my grandchildren when the time comes!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
What can I say, I love (and more importantly my grandson laughs at and loves) Skippy Jon Jones.
We have all Judy's books. This one is as good as the rest.
Not quite so enjoyable as "The Grannyman," but certainly better than the Skippyjon Jones series (especially in regards to ethnic sensitivities). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dione Basseri
My 3 kids absolutely LOVE this book. They go around the house quoting different parts that they like. I like reading it to them also. Very cute and loving story. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Charles H.
Love the illustrations as well as the story. Just a few "bits and pieces". You'll love it.Published 12 months ago by Lynne
This book came on time, and was exactly as the advertisement has stated. My daughter really likes this authors book :-)Published 16 months ago by f.page