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Comic Adventures of Boots Paperback – October 17, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen Press; Reprint edition (October 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842709089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842709085
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.1 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,532,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Kitamura (Angry Arthur) wittily depicts cats as easygoing layabouts in these cinematic comics. In "Operation Fish Biscuit," the marmalade-colored Boots schemes to clear a brick wall of napping felines so he can snag a spot for himself. In play-by-play panels, Boots gets a bag of treats from a cupboard and leaves it on a nearby roof. "This is a necessary sacrifice," he mutters. When his dozing friends catch a whiff ("It must be fish biscuits!"), they form a "cat pyramid" to reach the loot, then teeter and fall with wry commentary ("Timber!" "How many lives do we have?" "Nine, I think..."). In the next story, Boots's visceral responses to a duck ("My claws are sticking out. How peculiar!... I must get it!") are interspersed with the duck's own logic ("Oh no, a cat!... I must run. As fast as I can!"). In the third tale, nine cats play a none-too-skillful game of charades. Leonardo from Me and My Cat? puts in cameos in these episodes, which are punctuated by wordless interludes showing Boots achieving surprising results when he draws and paints. Kitamura expertly storyboards the action and encloses all the written narration in conversational voice bubbles. With their big ears, dazed eyes and nonplussed expressions, his cats are anything but quick thinkers, and their neighborhood "adventures" unfold at a leisurely pace that heightens the absurd humor. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-The feisty feline from A Friend for Boots and Bath-Time Boots (both Farrar, 1998) is back, this time in three comic-strip adventures. There is "Operation Fish Biscuit," the strongest of the three, in which clever Boots regains his prized sleeping spot from the local squatter cats. He tries to learn how to swim and fly from a duck in "Pleased to Meet You, Madam Quark," and plays in a wacky game of charades organized to ward off kitty boredom in "Let's Play a Guessing Game." Each panel is clean but there sometimes are 12 or more per page. The pen-and-brush illustrations are zany and welcoming. Some pages are positively cluttered with dialogue balloons. Good readers will be undaunted and those who are less accomplished will most likely persevere because of the format and content. The humor is simultaneously sly and outrageous even on the endpapers and in between the stories.
Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is about cats, and here are some of the things that are in the book: charades, swimming, and getting fish biscuits. And you should really check out the front and back pages. Boots can do magic! One of the reasons that I like this book is because its funny.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a fun read for children which is half picture book, half comic book. Boots' adventures made my children laugh. The illustrations are cute, and the dialogue silly...in a good way. If I hadn't read other books by Kitamura which have greater emotional resonance and show him at the top of his craft, I might have liked the book even more. Ditto if I were really into my cat.
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