From School Library Journal
PreS–Tabby is an older cat who likes her life of sleeping and eating. If she wants to get up onto a chair to sleep, she waits for little Polly to carry her there. Finally, she is too flabby to get through the cat door. Her family takes her to the vet, where they learn that their pet needs more exercise. The vets suggestion is that the family should get a kitten. When the new addition gets to the food bowl first, one too many times, the older animal decides to institute Tabbys Secret Feline Fitness Plan. Once Tabby is fit again, she is able to race around the house with the kitten, and they eventually become friends. The illustrations are colorful and engaging and the cats are appealing. However, the story is contrived and not very imaginative, and the ending predictable.–Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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PreS-Gr. 1. There's no way around it; Tabby is fat. The day she gets stuck in the cat flap is the day she goes to the vet--who has a solution. Much to Tabby's dismay, a kitten joins the family--a streaking, scratching, leaping kitty, who is fast enough to get to the food bowl first. Tabby decides to start a secret fitness plan, but at first she does more sleeping than exercising. Then the plan takes hold, and soon Tabby is jogging around and jumping at butterflies. Her new lease on life allows her to give the kitten a run for its money--and for the food. The text is a bit flabby, but the artwork catches the eye and tickles the funny bone. Ink-and-watercolor pictures, with what seems to be a touch of collage, are full of energy, especially when the kitties prance and pounce. Sometimes the action fills up the pages; occasionally spot art captures the movement. Always the liveliness will engage readers' attention. Perhaps children who are themselves a bit chubby will be inspired to get off the couch and do some jumping around. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved