- Age Range: 3 and up
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Annick Press (September 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1550374931
- ISBN-13: 978-1550374933
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.8 x 10 inches
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,010,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Big Cat Dreaming Hardcover – September 1, 1997
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1?A young boy and his sister visit their grandmother, who lives with Big Cat and Small Dog. When the children wonder what the three aging companions dream, Grandma explains that they dream of their younger days, that Big Cat doesn't dream of "fish and meatballs" as the siblings imagine, but of a playful kittenhood "full of fizz and hiss." That night, Grandma runs outside to join the children in a game of hide-and-seek and proves that she and Big Cat can still climb a tree. Wild has a gift for a vivid phrase, and her writing effectively shows the magic in dreams coming alive. Like many of her stories, this one is about aging and relationships. It is also a celebration of play. However, it lacks the focus of The Very Best of Friends (Harcourt, 1994) or Toby (Ticknor & Fields, 1994), and some of the dialogue sounds more artful than authentic. Nonetheless, the oil paintings filled with expressive characters and beautiful touches of light enhance the book's appeal. An intriguing, skillfully done Australian import.?Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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Ages 5^-8. Shades of deep orange and brilliant white highlights add warmth and depth to this quiet, tender picture book, which is about cats only in the broadest sense. Two children, a boy and a girl, visit their grandmother and find wonder and pleasure in small, commonplace things, but especially in their beloved relative and the pets that surround her. They like speculating about Big Cat's dreams, snuggling up to Grandma when she takes a nap, and playing hide and seek with her after dark. You can see why they love her. Wild's images are beautiful and very vivid, and her language somehow manages to make even the most hushed thought or ordinary movement special: Big Cat is "full of fizz and hiss, chasing after autumn leaves, cartwheeling in the wind." Stephanie Zvirin