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Captain Cat Hardcover – October 8, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763661511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763661519
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-Captain Cat has spent years accumulating felines, making him a laughingstock among the other seafaring traders. One day, he and his cats set sail on an adventure and end up on an uncharted island. The young queen happily welcomes her visitors, but at their first meal, the dinner table is overrun with rats. Luckily, the cats save the day-although it results in the jarring image of rows of dead rats as the queen looks over "the neat rows of corpses lined up on the Royal Palace floor." The thankful ruler rewards the trader, who returns home without his cats, who prefer solid ground over the ship. Once the other traders see Captain Cat's treasure, they rush to the island with gifts for the queen, who gives them her most precious possessions: kittens. The disappointed traders give them to Captain Cat, who is inspired to sail back to the island to be with his cats. The illustrations are intricate, with many faces and details to examine, and the realistic, Mediterranean-looking backgrounds create a beautiful setting for the story. The characters, whether human or feline, have distinct expressions and looks, with a few animals peering out, connecting with readers. The story is not as well defined; it has a slightly rambling plot that slowly drifts to a close, but will still appeal to cat lovers and young readers who enjoy an adventure story.-Marian McLeod, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Though Captain Cat is a skilled sailor, he’s not a great trader. He treasures cats so much that he will happily swap expensive merchandise for any old feline. One day he sails to an uncharted island, where he befriends the young queen. When she learns that his cats can control her island’s rat problem, she offers many jewels in exchange for them. He agrees and sadly sails away. After other merchants learn of the captain’s newfound wealth, they sail to the island and try their luck, with amusing results. In time, Captain Cat happily retires to the island, his friends, and his cats. The story is well told, and the pictures add their own brand of charm, portraying the island’s queen as a confident girl. Delicate washes of color tint the precise, crosshatched drawings. The large format lends itself to broad, detailed views of life at sea, on the mainland, and on the island. This pleasing picture book features an idyllic, original adventure story, told with wit and illustrated with grace. Preschool-Grade 3. --Carolyn Phelan

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on November 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Captain Cat is about a man who sailed around the world with his cats. He really loves cats! The Captain visits an island that had no cats.

The island was pretty special because the Queen, the Queen's mother, the Prime Minister, the Lord Chancellor, and the Mayor, were so nice and they had lunch with the Captain. The people on the island knew what was really a treasure worth keeping, cats.

The book is fun because you don't know what to expect. Some kids may not like what the traders get from the queen as payment.

I like all of the pictures. I also like the part where the traders bring all of their treasures to the island for the queen to enjoy. It would be fun if treasures came to my home and I got to select the things I liked.

If you look careful you can see the queen's clothes (her top and skirt) are white. Then after the traders come her skirts change colors on each page and she has a rainbow of skirts-red, orange, yellow, green, purple, and pink.

Review by Charlotte P., age 5, Denver Mensa
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Beth Major on January 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
5 year old grandson liked it. We love cats. Loved the twists and turns of the story.
Wonderful illustrations. Lots of fun
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Meet Captain Cat — he is a trader who happens to trade his wares for cats. There’s nothing he loves more than traveling on his ship, the Carlotta, with his cats. Other traders think he’s crazy for trading valuable goods for cats — but Captain Cat gets the last laugh. (Except, actually, Captain Cat is too busy being himself to even have that register. He’s a good man.) One day he takes his cats on the adventure he’s been meaning to go on all his life and finds good people and his happily ever after.

This is a classic story — Captain Cat could have been written 100 years ago or a 100 years from now. It is timeless. This story challenges assumptions about what is valuable and what isn’t. (Which is a fabulous discussion to have with anyone.)
There are parts of the story where the writer talks to her audience adding an additional layer of engagement for the readers. It certainly had my son talking back! Adults, teens, and older children will enjoy this book as much — if not more — than the younger children.

There are twists and turns to this gorgeously illustrated story that made our whole family laugh (hard). I’d tell you more, but I don’t want to give anything away because it’s fantastic and I don’t want to spoil it at all for you. So go read it -- and everything else written by Inga Moore -- right now. (Or at least very, very, very soon.)
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Another enthralling story from Inga Moore with beautiful illustrations. A read aloud book for little ones and a read alone book for older children
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