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PreSchool-Grade 2-A wonderfully humorous look at the life of a feline that looks suspiciously like an elephant, right down to its big floppy ears, long trunk, and impressive size. This is a suspicion not shared by the author/illustrator, who lovingly describes his cat's eating and sleeping habits, cleanliness, love of other animals, and inability to land on its feet. Each page features a one-sentence statement about the cat paired with its depiction. It is impossible not to giggle at the silliness of an elephant cleaning itself with its tongue or playing with a ball of yarn. The detailed illustrations show a creature behaving exactly like a cat in actions and expressions but in a completely new and surprising way. This book is perfect for storytime-but be prepared for howls of That's not a cat!!! and potentially out-of-control laughter.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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PreS-Gr. 2. In this handsomely illustrated offering, a cat owner describes his pet's daily routines and favorite things. The joke is that although the text says "cat," the pictures show "elephant." Thus, an elephant appears doing all sorts of cat things, including sleeping on the TV, rolling on its back, and using (and missing) the litter box. Bachelet, the creator of this whimsical French import, is at his best as he captures the elephant in a variety of cat poses: stretching, curling up, and not quite landing on its feet. A closing page, featuring elephants with cat markings such as calico, Persian, Siamese, tiger, and leopard is particularly amusing, as is a page featuring hilariously altered reproductions of famous paintings, all featuring elephants. A fun choice for storytimes or one-on-one sharing. Todd Morning
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