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A Curious Collection of Cats Hardcover – April 14, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press; First Edition edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582462488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582462486
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,706,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Words and pictures blend in these concrete poems about cats, written in forms that include haiku, limerick, and free verse. Once kids get the feel of how to follow the lines—up and down or in curving jumps or around the page borders––they will have fun with the playful images. One poem is in the shape of a feline tail. Another describes Kabob the cat’s fall upside down, and not only do the pictures show his movement, but the words do, too. When felines fight, the position of the words mirrors their furious screeches, howls, pouncing, and biting. Cat lovers will recognize the standoffs with arching backs, the cozy touch of the “purrfect” scarf on their shoulders, and the tech-savvy cat who walks across the keyboard to add her own note to an e-mail to a friend. Preschool-Grade 3. --Hazel Rochman

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Starred Review, The Horn Book:
"An ideal match of subject and form....Cat-lovers will feel a shock of recognition....Together, poet and artist convey the silliness of cats and their humans without ever being silly themselves....From acrobat-flipping to toilet-bowl-sipping, couch-scratching to dog-catching, words and pictures blend together to create a funny celebrate of all things feline."

Review, Language Arts, July 1, 2010:
"Every cat lover and classroom will want to add this purrfect book to their libraries, and will certainly want to share this on ewith a cat or two."

Review, Booklist:
"Cat lovers will recognize the standoffs with arching backs, the cozy touch of the 'purrfect' scarf on their shoulders, and the tech-savvy cat who walks across the keyboard to add her own note to an e-mail to a friend.”

Review, San Francisco Chronicle:
"Thirty concrete poems that stretch, crouch, pounce, and purr across the pages, like their feline subjects."

"Every cat lover in the universe ought to own this endearingly wacky collection of poems accompanied by purrfect art. It's an homage to burnish a coffee table...or freshen a litter box. Cats, as Betsy Franco knows, read too." —J. Patrick Lewis

"Step aside Mr. Eliot! Make room for Ms. Franco's fabulous cast of felines. This marriage of concrete poetry and art is one to pore and purr over again and again." —Lee Bennett Hopkins

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I say to you, "Cats and poetry." Now stop! Don't think! What's the first thing that just popped into your head? I would bet that a fair amount of you thought of T.S. Eliot and his improbable impossible felines (a certain generation of you could probably sing such poems as songs too). I suppose that this is an unfair reaction when you consider all the other cool cat-related sestinas, haikus, and limericks that exist out there. Surely the time has come for a book of cat-related poems...more I say to you, "Cats and poetry." Now stop! Don't think! What's the first thing that just popped into your head? I would bet that a fair amount of you thought of T.S. Eliot and his improbable impossible felines (a certain generation of you could probably sing such poems as songs too). I suppose that this is an unfair reaction when you consider all the other cool cat-related sestinas, haikus, and limericks that exist out there. Surely the time has come for a book of cat-related poems that upsets the status quo in some fashion, yes? I'm talking about a title that would not only create a wide variety of poems and poetic styles, but also one so visually stimulating you could feel more than a mite inclined to rip the pages from the book and frame them on your walls. Which I'm not advocating, obviously, but the instinct is there. Now I like Tricycle Press. It's a small imprint from the relatively small Ten Speed Press of Berkeley, California. And it is always a supreme pleasure to be able to give a little love and attention to a small publisher. Particularly when they go above and beyond the call of duty by pairing an established poet (Ms. Betsy Franco) with an extraordinary up-and-coming illustrator (Mr. Michael Wertz).Read more ›
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By Apander1 on May 5, 2012
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a little annoying to read, but we really like it. It's creative, colorful and entertaining. But honestly this was to replace a the library book that we lost.
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Purchased my own copy immediately after processing one for the library. This is a delightful journey into the world of our finicky feline friends with clever illustrations and smart poetry.
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