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Chicken And Cat Clean Up Hardcover – March 1, 2009
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—Chicken and Cat return in this wordless graphic picture book that continues to explore their friendship and adventures. Cat longs for a pet but has no money to buy one, so Chicken invites him to be part of his housekeeping business. The problem is that his pal has no skills and, after a series of cleaning disasters, the hapless feline is banished to the front stoop. There he witnesses a purse snatching, captures the mouse villain, and is celebrated as a hero. With his reward money, Cat buys a pet turtle and Chicken expands his business into a "mousecatching" service. Varon's quirky ink and Photoshop illustrations show the endearing big-eyed duo from multiple perspectives through spreads as well as smaller panels. Readers will love following the tale that Varon so clearly illustrates.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
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As in Chicken and Cat (2006), Varon’s story is wordless, relying on visual cues to carry the narrative. The two cooperative critters run a housekeeping service where Cat fouls up the cleaning, but saves the day by catching a purse-snatching mouse. Varon’s bright, clean artwork is easy to dive into, and the wordless interactions are amplified by facial expressions and body language. While each page is essentially an enlarged comic panel, there are also a few multipanel pages that will help introduce kids to the conventions of graphic storytelling in a picture-book package. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ian Chipman
Top customer reviews
Every time I bring this book to mind again (I read it a week and a half ago and have been letting it rattle around in my head ever since), I can't get past comparing it to the movie Sunshine Cleaning, which couches so many of the same themes in a decidedly more adult (and more destructive) milieu. Because of this, you probably already have a handle on the (wordless) story: chicken and cat go into the cleaning business together, but cat is clumsy and keeps messing things up, so their employer sends him outside (so as not to cause any more damage), and he ends up finding something he's good at doing while pondering his future in the cleaning business. Very nicely done, very cute, and I wish I'd jotted down on the spreadsheet that it was a sequel so I could've read the first book first. No matter, though; because it's wordless, could be a hit with just about any age, from pre-readers who will be enchanted by Varon's color schemes to those who find themselves too old for kids' books but are just starting to discover graphic novels and manga. *** 1/2