From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2 Cats may have a reputation for being finicky, but there's not a feline in this book that's as fussy as the little girl telling the story, a companion to I Don't Want a Posh Dog!
(Little, Brown, 2009). In fluid rhyming text she turns down a cool cat, a stuffy cat, a greedy cat, and a prize cat. The cat she wants has one important feature it's a cat she can call her own. Pedigree and distinction cannot measure up to affection, and the one she chooses is just what anyone would want. There is no shortage of charm or humor in this book, exhibited by the artwork. Dodd uses solid colors and heavy outlines to distinguish figures against pastel-colored pages devoid of all background. The illustrations are all on spreads that make full use of the oversize space, even when they hardly take up any of it, as in the case of the slinky, dinky, twinky cat, whose inability to fill a page personifies its inability to meet the girl's desires. Playful and jubilant, this book for cat connoisseurs will work well as a read-a-loud and for emerging readers who like to have fun with sounds and words. Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
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*Starred Review* When it comes to cats, the little girl with a Buster Brown haircut knows what she does not want: “A stuffy cat. A huffy, over-fluffy cat.” Nor a greedy please-feed-me cat, and certainly not a cool cat. One look at the disdainful Siamese in the illustration, and you know just what the girl means. There's the thinnest layer of actual story here, but the true-to-life hilarity of the text commands attention, especially when mixed with such smart art. With a combination of paint and collage, the images have a three-dimensional feel as they sit on their smooth, candy-colored backgrounds. The girl and her potential felines are drawn using simple shapes, but the bold spreads, with their big images and play on perspective, are truly dramatic. Combine the art with the pithy text, and you've got a book that's perfect to read aloud to groups. Not that individuals won't like it, too. Who can resist the kitten, the “glad-when-I-come-home cat” that finally wins the day? Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper