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Bits & Pieces Hardcover – October 22, 2013

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K-Gr 1–Although Tink's brain is “the size of a frozen pea,” his family loves their not-so-bright cat to bits. After a goatlike meal of household odds and ends lands him at the vet, their beloved boy gets a taste of the adventure and mystery of the great outdoors. His family gets him a brother for company, but he still longs for life on the outside. He finally sneaks out on his 20th birthday, and a day full of frolicking turns into a night of wandering, and he wakes lost and confused in an old tire. Two quick-thinking neighborhood girls save him from being carted off to a shelter and he is enthusiastically welcomed home. Schachner's smudgy, cheerful illustrations buoy up this story that is occasionally bogged down by an apparent attempt to squeeze the real Tink's long life into a few picture-book pages. Nonetheless, the author's fans and cat lovers will relate to the story of the feline's antics and the satisfying resolution.–Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, OHα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Tink is a beloved indoor pet with a brain “the size of a frozen pea.” No matter, his family loves him to bits and pieces. Schachner uses charcoal pencil, pan pencil, pastels, watercolor, and cut paper to glorify the antics of this beloved cat in full-bleed spreads and panels. When Tink’s peculiar eating habits include devouring a flip-flop, three Chinese lanterns, some dollhouse furniture, and a Slinky, it’s off to the kitty clinic for a tummy treatment. Even when his family finds him a new kitten named Little (and he is) to keep him company indoors, Tink still yearns for another outdoor experience. Finally, on his twentieth birthday, the old boy sneaks outside and has some intoxicating adventures in the big wide world. In a vibrant double-page spread, Tink strolls into the night, viewing the moon, the owls, and other nighttime creatures, and then realizes he is lost. All ends well with reassuring smiles between the two cats as they rest on the blue polka-dotted armchair. Fans of Schachner’s Skippyjon Jones series should lap this one up. Preschool-Grade 2. --Lolly Gepson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: AD760L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803737882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803737884
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.3 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Beth E. Williams VINE VOICE on November 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
For fans of Skippyjon Jones this new title is about another delightful and warmly humorous cat, Tink, and his family. Schachner outdoes herself with Tink, both with her charming illustrations and quirky phrasing. Although I am not a "cat person" it is impossible not to love her relationship with cats and her whimsy about their supposedly inscrutable nature. Schachner finds no mystery here, especially when a cat like Tink has "a brain the size of a frozen pea."

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.
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I didn't think it was possible to love a cat book more than Skippyjon Jones, but I was wrong. Bits and Pieces made me laugh and cry (in a good way). She mentions The Grannyman in this book, so then I just had to order it as well.
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From Grannyman through the Skippyjon Jones series to Bits & Pieces — Judy Schachner's delightful, endearing, creative stories lift my spirits and put a smile on my face. My little Siamese is 17 years old and I've promised her a kitten for her 20th. Holy Guacamole! Where did the time go? Read one of these books and you'll be hooked!
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I oh-so loved the story of The Grannyman, a very, very old and blind Siamese cat who was ready to die until his family gave him something to live for... a new kitten! He had to teach the little kitten everything he would need to know to be a cat...

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!
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I love the author's SkippyJonJones books & so do my grandsons! Also, the author's real life cat reminds me of my beautiful Jessie, who I had for 20 years! She passed last May & seeing the author's kitty makes me feel better!!
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This is the sequel to the Grannyman.
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.
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Book #53 Read in 2015
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.

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Grandson Ben loves Judy Schachner Books and this is another one that he loves reading..
I highly recommend her books..~!~!~!
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