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The Catawampus Cat Hardcover – March 21, 2017
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"Gordon’s engaging charcoal and wash spreads, enlivened with collage elements, supply the tilted special effects, while Eaton’s (How to Track a Truck) fond portrait of small-town life reminds readers that a slight change in outlook can transform everything."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
About the Author
Jason Carter Eaton was born at a 44-degree angle and has only gotten more diagonal with age. He now leans so far over that he’s nearly upside down. While attempting to write his life story, he accidentally composed several children’s books, including Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians!; Bubble Trouble; How to Train a Train; and How to Track a Truck. He also wrote the story for the film Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, which few people realize was meant to be performed entirely in a Swedish accent. Jason lives in a very off-kilter house in Tarrytown, New York, with his way sideways wife, two tilting children, a diagonal dog, and of course, a catawampus cat.
Gus Gordon cannot remember a time when he has stood in a perfectly upright position. He walks with such a perilous lean that most people think he is about to topple over, so this book seems quite normal to him. Admittedly he is tired of walking in circles and continually grazing his ears on the sidewalk. Gus is an author and illustrator of more than eighty children’s books. His most recent picture book, Herman and Rosie, has won many awards and has been sold into twelve countries. Gus lives in Australia in his leaning house with his wife, three kids, and a skew-whiff cat called Pippin. Visit him at gusgordon.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
Eaton’s writing is playful and fresh. He embraces thoroughly the impact of a crooked cat on an entire city, one small change after another building to an entire shift in the society. The picture book looks not only at how one individual’s point of view can change the world but also about how being flexible enough to look at the world from a different viewpoint can change an individual and improve a life. The entire book is hopeful, funny and joyful.
Gordon’s illustrations are a mix of collage and painting. With lighthearted cartoon style, they are immensely appealing. Done in subtle colors, they combine vintage clippings, photographs of objects and loose-lined illustrations.
A winsome picture book, this one can be used to spark discussion about our own catawampus approach to life. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
This one feel like a real classic.