Off the beaten path books for  6 -7 year olds and for cat lovers

A Listmania! list by Nicola Gardiner (Rhode Island)
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The list author says: "Looking for a picture book with a little something to it? My child has a fondness for naughty humor, maps, mazes, cats and science facts. I hope you find something that interests your child!"
Comet's Nine Lives
1.  Comet's Nine Lives by Jan Brett
The list author says:
  "This stunning book about a cat's wanderings on Nantucket is a beach vacation favorite.  Comet the cat has several near death experiences (9 lives) and then finds a home with a lonely lighthouse cat.  The illustrations are in a delicate yet humorous style you don't find in other books, and provide many clues for your child to revisit."
$6.31   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Cactus Hotel (An Owlet Book)
2.  Cactus Hotel (An Owlet Book) by Brenda Z. Guiberson
The list author says:
  "A fascinating and inspiring book about the Saguaro cactus that reads like poetry.  The cactus, growing slowly over a period of 150 to 200 years, serves as a "hotel" in the harsh Sonoran desert for a number of birds and other critters throughout its lifespan.  Highly recommended!"
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

The Owl and the Pussycat
3.  The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear
The list author says:
  "The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat...My favorite picture book from childhood remains a favorite today.  Good for kids of most ages."
$6.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)

A Kitten Called Moonlight
4.  A Kitten Called Moonlight by Martin Waddell
The list author says:
  "A little girl asks her mother to retell her favorite story...a story of how they discovered their cat, Moonlight.  Great bedtime reading for cat lovers and btw, little boys like it too."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Preston's Goal!: A Preston Pig Story
5.  Preston's Goal!: A Preston Pig Story by Colin McNaughton
The list author says:
  "We love all these humorous, unsentimental Preston Pig books which show a rather British sense of humor. "Goal" is a particular favorite.  In this book, Preston Pig dreams of being a soccer star, while inadvertently causing trouble for the predatory wolf who is following him. An imaginary adoring crowd cheers Preston on "I said oo ahh, Preston Pig, I said oo, ahh Preston Pig.""
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Oops!: A Preston Pig Story
6.  Oops!: A Preston Pig Story by Colin McNaughton
The list author says:
  "Preston the Pig is back, innocently thwarting all the traps Mr. Wolf tries to set in this Little Red Riding Hood spoof.  My child loves reciting the names the author gives to each of these traps, eg. "Cunning Wolf Trick No. 1 - the Old Slip on a Banana Peel Trick"."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Suddenly!: A Preston Pig Story
7.  Suddenly!: A Preston Pig Story by Colin McNaughton
The list author says:
  "Preston the Pig is sent by himself on an errand, and the Wolf thinks he might get a meal out of it.  However, as usual, disaster awaits the Wolf's every move.  This book is a little less sophisticated than my favorites "Oops" and "Goal", but still worthwhile for Preston fans."
$6.30   Used & New from: $0.49
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Oomph!: A Preston Pig Story
8.  Oomph!: A Preston Pig Story by Colin McNaughton
The list author says:
  "Not as good as the other Preston Pig books, a bit wordy and not as funny, but still worth a read. Female fans of Preston may be pleased that in this book Preston befriends a little girl pig who is very much on the ball."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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The Cat Who Got Carried Away
9.  The Cat Who Got Carried Away by Allan Ahlberg
The list author says:
  "This book has it all: pets, a humorous style, great illustrations, a detective story he could just stay ahead of...and best of all...maps! We had such fun with this book."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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The Man Who Wore All His Clothes
10.  The Man Who Wore All His Clothes by Allan Ahlberg
The list author says:
  "Another  chapter book from Ahlberg with a sense of humor and adventure.  Too bad it doesn't have the great maps of The Cat Who Got Carried Away.  Still, kids love the talking radio that makes mistakes"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together
11.  You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman
The list author says:
  "A good six year old reader should love this read along book for two.  Great for developing an ear for poetry for kids who DON'T LIKE POETRY."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

Don't Know Much About the Solar System
12.  Don't Know Much About the Solar System by Kenneth C. Davis
The list author says:
  "Fun well put together book on The Solar System which will have your science obsessed kid giving you quizes.  You may even finally remember how large Saturn is and other fun facts."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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The Z Was Zapped: A Play in Twenty-Six Acts
13.  The Z Was Zapped: A Play in Twenty-Six Acts by Chris Van Allsburg
The list author says:
  "You'd think a six year old would be too old for alphabet books.  Not for this one.  Enjoyable for adults too."
$13.93   Used & New from: $0.27
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Alphabet Adventure
14.  Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood
The list author says:
  "Another alphabet book which is suitable for older as well as younger kids.  The illustrations are captivating for all ages, and the story is fun."
$13.87   Used & New from: $6.35
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg
15.  Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D. B. Johnson
The list author says:
  "A very different book, with loving and fun illustrations.  Will your child take the existentialist point of view that walking is more fun than working to earn your train ticket? Does it matter?"
$12.75   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

Eddie: Harold's Little Brother
16.  Eddie: Harold's Little Brother by Pat Koch Thaler
The list author says:
  "There aren't too many books which effectively tackle the subject of public speaking at a young age.  Written by an NYC mayor, it asks why do other kids sometimes lose interest when we speak?"
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