From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-Elemenopeo (L-M-N-O-P-O) is no ordinary house cat. This pet enjoys bagels with lox and cream cheese for breakfast, playing hide-and-seek with the birds (Elemenopeo is dismayed when they fly away and tries to reassure them it is only a game), and being with other feline friends. One day, when the cat can't go outside, it finds an easel and paints a large self-portrait with the addition of wings, then curls up and dreams of flying adventures. This is an innocuous story, illustrated with full-page childlike paintings of the small black-and-white animal and its escapades. There are many livelier cat stories to engage a child's imagination; this one is strictly additional.Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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Ages 4^-8. Elemenopeo is the name of a cat--and a perfect name it is. It happily reflects the sensibility of many a preschooler who has thought that "L-M-N-O-P" was one long, glorious word found smack in the middle of the alphabet. And this black-and-white cat bears the name well, as it is a rather unusual cat. Oh, it pursues the typical cat diversions--bird-watching, gamboling with a cat friend, and napping--but this cat has an artistic bent. Feeling a bit constrained because the cat door is closed (apparently for repairs), Elemenopeo decides to paint a picture--a self-portrait of a black-and-white feline with wings: "Portrait of an Artist as a Young Bird." A tired little cat, Elemenopeo then curls up (where else but in the paint box?) to dream of flying. Saaf's own paint pots were filled with splendid colors that he transferred to the pages, and his naive-style pictures perfectly suit Ziefert's whimsical tale. Shelley Townsend-Hudson