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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A foundling cat lives a charmed life in this companion to The Bookshop Dog. After morning kisses from the cookie bakers, the plump, ginger-colored cat visits the neighborhood shopowners and keeps the regulars company. Even better, he basks in attention from the after-school crowd: "The cookie-store cat rubs his nose with theirs, and bats at their pencils, and licks drops of milk from their fingers." Rylant's thickly painted figures and furniture (even the text) have a fittingly doughy look, and the buildings could be made of gingerbread. She sprinkles the spreads with hearts, spirals and cookie shapes and indulgently enumerates the compliments showered on the cat, as the bakers tell him "he is prettier than marzipan. They brag that he is a gumdrop gem." The bakery itself is the hub of a tightly knit community: at day's end, the chefs take the leftovers to "the Children's Home," while Kitty keeps watch over the shop until their return at daybreak. A cat-lover's confection. Ages 3-up.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-With simple acrylics accented with cake-decorating squiggles, Rylant illustrates her saccharine story of an orphan cat fawned over by the bakers and visitors to a cookie store. The bakery is part of a strip of specialty shops that include Martha Jane's Bookshop and its canine matchmaker introduced in Rylant's The Bookshop Dog (Scholastic, 1996). Unlike her doggy drama, though, there isn't any tension here, just a low-key description of the cat's largely indolent lifestyle. Readers learn that one of the bakers in this doll-like town found the scrawny kitty while opening the shop several years earlier, nursed him to health on cream and cookie dough, and, with the consent of the other employees, designated him the store mascot. The children adore him and let him lick drops of milk from their fingers while they eat their snacks. Recipes for seven treats follow the story (no mention of adult supervision being necessary). Bold colors and find-the-kitty double-page spreads will appeal to preschoolers (who won't know what ginger creams and bachelor buttons are, just that they probably taste good) and the Pleasantville perfection will give them sweet, reassuring dreams. Cat Heaven on Earth for this lucky feline.
John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 1050L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: The Blue Sky Press (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590543296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590543293
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of numerous distinguished novels and picture books for young readers. In addition to her beginning-reader series: Henry and Mudge, Poppleton, and Mr. Putter and Tabby, as well as her Cobble Street Cousins early-chapter series, she is also the author of the Newbery Medal-winning Missing May, the Newbery Honor Book A Fine White Dust, and two Caldecott Honor-winning picture books.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My children and I love all of Cynthia Rylant's picture books and early readers and we have particularly enjoyed the sweet illustrations and the warmth of this gentle story again and again. The previous reviewer mentioned the recipes at the end of the book. My kids and I have tried two of them (the cinnamon sugar plums and the frosty fruit squares) and they were very successful. My younger daughter gets a kick out of reading the book now and hearing the names of the cookies we've made. I love the rhythm of Rylant's words and the warmth and security she presents without making her stories sappy. This is a great book for the 4-6 age range. I would highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My children, 5 and 6, love this book. We checked it out so many times from the library I finally had to buy it so other children could enjoy it. While my children liked the images of a cat's peaceful and safe life (and the cookies), I liked the book because it reinforces the message of showing kindness to animals. The bakers' kindness and humanity towards the cat and children is a message which can never be repeated too often. We also liked the cookie recipes at the back of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erin C. Uliano on August 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old loves this story. I think it's my husband's favorite too! While the pictures are simple, they work for the story. The pages are bright and colorful. The story is about an old cookie baker who adopts a stray cat. This cozy cat is loved by the whole town, from the old man who found the cat, to the man at the fish store and the children who stop in and let him lick the milk drops from their fingers. It gives you a warm fuzzy feeling which is perfect for bedtime!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this book for kids that are young.If you like cats, this would be a good book to read. I gave this book a good rating because i liked this book.It is about a cookie store owner who finds a cat and took care of it. He lets it sleep in his store.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I just love Cynthia Rylant's work. My children (ages 5 and 7) have enjoyed her books, especially the Henry and Mudge series and Mr. Putter series for several years already. This is a very sweet book and my children did enjoy it. It combined two of my children's favorite things -- treats and cats. And it's a nice touch that the recipes for the cookies mentioned in the book are given in the back (though I haven't tried them). Cynthia has a wonderful way with prose. But my kids didn't LOVE this book and I think it is because of the illustrations. This is one of the first books that Ms. Rylant has illustrated herself and, to be honest, it's not her strong suit. Another illustrator could have really enhanced the story much more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on June 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
My daughter is 5 and starting Kindergarden in the fall. We're making our way through the school's recommended summer reading list and came to this.

This has been my least favorite book so far. There's no real story and the illustrations are crude (but colourful). Also, I had to explain marzipan.

The target audience in our house liked it OK, though. She asked to hear it twice and made me read the recipes in the back, too. The gingerbread men actually sound pretty good....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a cookie-store and bakers. It was night and the baker looked and saw a kitten. The bakers bought the kitten a bag of cat food, a little gray bed and a white dish that said Kitty on it. The bakers decided to keep the kitten. This book uses really good and amazing pictures by Cynthia Rylant. I think if you are 5 or older you would really like this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S.P. Alvares on October 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my daughter's favorite books because of the colorful and lively illustrations, Ms. Rylant's flowing story line, and of course the recipes in the back of the book are a treat. I love the book because it teaches children to be kind to animals. It is a lovely story of a kitten who found the perfect home.
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