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Comet's Nine Lives Hardcover – August 27, 1996

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From Publishers Weekly

Brett (The Mitten; Armadillo Rodeo), a Massachusetts resident, stays close to home with this latest book, setting it on Nantucket. Capturing the island's rustic charm, her characteristically bustling, elaborately bordered art showcases weathered shingle buildings, a gray-blue sea and shell-sprinkled beaches. Comet, the protagonist, appears to be just about the sole feline in a Nantucket otherwise populated by nattily dressed canines. In search of a home?as well as adventure?the roaming cat meets with peril. Snoozing in a bookstore, he is buried under a pile of books; taking a ride on a scallop boat, he's swept overboard by a huge wave; visiting an ice cream shop, he falls headfirst into a milkshake. Though some of these scenarios have comic potential, all eight of them prove fatal to poor Comet, whose ghostlike, winged image is in each case seen fleeing the scene. Brett, of course, makes it all better in the end; observant readers will have noticed that Comet isn't the island's only cat: side panels throughout show another cat in obvious search of a companion. Though not the author/artist's most finely wrought story, the book delivers a visual treat her fans (and Nantucket admirers) shouldn't miss. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-Grade 1-Comet, a white cat with orange markings, goes through eight of his nine lives in one of Brett's more playful offerings. Readers will enjoy anticipating how Comet will lose his next life: eating foxglove, having a shoe thrown at him by a famous actress, falling into a tuba-these are just a few of the humorous demises he suffers (and he always manages to look catlike, dignified, and somewhat surprised that any of these disasters should be happening to him). The Nantucket setting is lovingly shown and expertly woven into every picture. Elaborate borders are fashioned with shells, wildflowers, and fishing line; the island is populated by dogs, all quite realistic looking and all wearing human clothes. Attentive children will enjoy poring over these detailed pictures and will feel satisfied by the conclusion, which has been nicely foreshadowed throughout. Brett's many avid fans are sure to love this book.
Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers; Library Binding edition (August 27, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399229310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399229312
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I love this book! Our cat is also named "Comet", but I would have loved it anyway. Comet lives on Nantucket Island and loses one life after another in this scary world ruled by dogs. Finally, when on her last life, she discovers a lighthouse where a lonely cat is waiting for a friend, and knows she is home. The illustrations are just incredibly beautiful. If you love the sea, lighthouses, and cats, you will love this book!
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As usual, Jan Brett's art is much better than the story.
But gosh, the drawings of shells and different scenes---you know the main scene thing she does, then the side scene about other things that are going on simultaneously, is awesome.
The characters are all dogs and cats, which children love. The kids will love the art and so will you.
Comet loses his eight of his lives quickly, but Hurricane Elmadore washes him at the feet of the lighthouse cat. He chooses to spend his ninth with her. Thats the cutest part of the story.
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Jan Brett's "Comet" is my daughter's favorite book -- She carries it everywhere! At 2.5 years it's sometimes hard to make the grown-ups understand what you want but it's not hard when you have the "Comet" book ever at the ready for a spontaneous "read-to-me" session. This book has accompanied her to South Carolina, North Carolina and California. It went to the Antique Road Show, the Washington Zoo and the neighborhood pool. Unfortunately, on one of its travels, she lost it! (Hopefully, some other little girl or boy is now enjoying it!)Yesterday she got up in my lap, looked me in the eye and said "Comet Book GONE! Its okay -- we get New One?"
Just like Comet had nine lives, I think she is sure there is another copy of the book just waiting for her. And, there is!Buy this book -- the your child will love it!
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Format: Paperback
Comet is an engaging cat who is living his own Hero's Quest He is looking for a home on Nantucket Island where he was born.

In artist Jan Brett's exquisite but whimsical world, the human roles on the island are all played by dogs, from the bulldog health inspector to the Irish setter theatrical diva. Comet's first eight deaths are presented gently. For example, a small child will not be alarmed seeing a spirit cat ascending after Comet has fallen in a tuba during a band concert!

The child will also quickly be comforted by the second story illustrated to the right of the main frames. Here we see the sheepdog lighthouse keeper and his own calico cat. The lighthouse keeper is helping is cat by posting notices and puting a note in a bottle advertizing "Lonely cat seeks frieng." As alarming as Comet's adventures can appear, we know a happy ending is beckoning.

As in all her books, Jan Brett's illustrations provide endless delights for adult and child alike. Being urged to "Read it again!" won't be a hardship with detailed illustrations lovingly depicting Nantucket's shells, pansy's, gulls, and ropes to discover and enjoy again and again.

If you like children's books layered with visual meaning, you, too, will smile as Comet survives his adventures and at last finds a friend and home for life.
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Format: Hardcover
As always, the drawings by Jan Brett are amazing. The detail shows just how deeply she researches all of her subjects before starting a project.

This story follows Comet, and adventure-seeking cat on Nantucket who manages to find trouble wherever he goes and quickly uses up his "nine lives" before he finds a wonderful home at the lighthouse.

For those who have trouble with the idea of Comet "dying" over and over again, try explaining to your children what the phrase "nine lives" means. Obviously no cat has nine lives, but anyone who has cats, as we do, knows that cats have lots of near misses. When we read this book we do not look at them as deaths, but mearly close calls.

A great story to follow along with the fantastic illustrations.
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This was my and my son's first Jan Brett book and it won't be our last! We bought it on vacation on Cape Cod, and even though the story was about Nantucket, we were thrilled with how well it evoked the various sides of beach town living. So different than all the other "beach books" out there. It doesn't hurt that my son is a cat freak, so of course we were very interested in all the ways that Comet the cat chose to explore the sea town. I paused a bit before buying this book, worried about having to explain "death" to my son in the context of Comet's having nine lives, but I found that it didn't bother him or me, he was able to understand that the nine lives were meant humorously.

The illustrations are nicely complex, and they still provide much to look at even though my son has already committed the text to memory.

We'll be trying Jan Brett's Christmas books next. (Update -- The Christmas books are nowhere near as much fun as Comet. They seem like they come from a different author entirely).
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Oh my gosh I can't say enough about this precious story/book!! My 5 year old daughter checked it out of the local library and after we read it she just had to have a copy of her own so when it was due I ordered her one here. Very reasonable price and seriously the cutest book ever we both absolutely love it!! The illustrations are also very original and beautiful. I will be looking into this authors other books for sure!!
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