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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763641642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763641641
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The events here are classic, the narrative is simplicity itself...Altogether, this is a satisfyingly fresh rendition of the old scenario of a wanderer landing safely in a loving home.
—The Horn Book

While animal-loving kids especially will sigh with satisfaction as the cat finally finds a kind-hearted caretaker, this plotline will likely resonate with any youngster who yearns for belonging... the little cat is a charming waif, from his bony frame to his huge, expressive golden eyes, and his skittish uncertainty is as effectively depicted as his eventual paw-kneading contentment.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

About the Author

Phyllis Root is the author of numerous books for children, ranging from the lyrical TEN SLEEPY SHEEP and OLIVER FINDS HIS WAY to the rollicking ONE DUCK STUCK and TOOT TOOT ZOOM! Her down-home creation myth, BIG MAMA MAKES THE WORLD, won the prestigious Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Phyllis Root lives in Minneapolis.

Alison Friend's first book for Candlewick Press was WHAT COLOR IS CAESAR? by Maxine Kumin. She also creates greeting cards. Alison Friend lives in South Yorkshire, England.

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A must have book to read to your children.
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This is absolutely adorable, and the illustrations are fantastic!
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I think 4-7 year olds would like this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Confession: I absolutely cannot resist kittens or cats. Admittedly, I'm totally untrustworthy anywhere near where cats are offered for adoption. That said you'll know there's bias in my comments re SCRAWNY CAT.

Alison Friend's gouache illustrations are sweet, touching when we first see the cat with his bony body and huge golden eyes. "He was lonely. He was little. He was lost." He had once belonged to someone who was kind to him and knew his name. But now everyone called him "Get out of here" as he was repeatedly shut out of any place of comfort or safety.

One day a big dog began to chase the cat who ran for his life all the way to the dock where he hid in a dinghy. When a heavy storm developed the dog ran away but the wind blew so hard that it broke the rope tying the dinghy to the dock.

What can happen to a small hungry cat when he finds himself alone at sea? Phyllis Root provides a satisfying answer to that question.

- Enjoy.

- Gail Cooke
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on May 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Scrawny Cat" was about a cat that was scrawny and scared. He lost the girl that loved him and he ended up hiding on a boat in the rain. The boat brought him to a house that had a lonely lady and she loved him and fed him and they loved each other. Then they weren't lonely any more. And, he wasn't scrawny anymore.

I think other kids would enjoy it because the scrawny cat ended up finding someone to love him.

My favorite part was when the scrawny cat sat in the rocking chair with the Emma, the lady that found him. I think that is special because I like to sit on my mom's lap in a rocking chair when we read. It makes me feel good and I think the cat felt good too.

I think 4-7 year olds would like this book. I think boys and girls would like it. My brother and I liked it and he is a boy who is 7 and I am a girl who is 4.

5 stars!

Review by Young Mensan LeAnne, Age 4
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on July 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A scrawny abandoned cat finds himself on a boat after a series of misadventures. His amazing journey takes him to a little island where he is taken in by Emma, a lone fisherwoman. I liked one of the final images of "Skipper" - showing that he's finally become a fat and happy cat. Gouche watercolor paintings with lots of blue and brown evoke the Maine coast. A pleasantly gentle read.
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By Jess D. on June 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I checked this out from the library because I love cats, we have one at home, and the story and illustrations were sweet. Our twin 4-year-olds love the book and ask for it often. It's a sweet story that reinforces kindness to animals and their bond with humans. Good lessons, good words, and lovely illustrations.
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By Buffaloafer on February 24, 2013
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This is absolutely adorable, and the illustrations are fantastic! The story is touching and this is a really good buy for any children (or cat lovers). I keep on trying to make myself give it to a friend's child but have so far been unable to part with it.
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By Den on March 3, 2014
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Although the picture on the front of the book looks so sad, this book is a wonderful lesson on love and compassion. It warms my heart at the end and I cannot wait until my baby can learn from this sweet book. You have got to buy it!
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More About the Author

Phyllis Root has written many award-winning books for children, including TEN SLEEPY SHEEP, OLIVER FINDS HIS WAY, ONE DUCK STUCK, WHAT BABY WANTS, RATTLETRAP CAR, and BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD, winner of the BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award.

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