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Have You Seen My Cat? Paperback – September 1, 1997
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About the Author
Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of more than seventy books for very young children including his most well-known title The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Born in Syracuse, New York, Eric Carle moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Stuttgart before returning to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director for an international advertising agency. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 41 million copies and has been translated into sixty-two languages. With his late wife, Barbara, Eric Carle cofounded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002. Eric Carle divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.
Top Customer Reviews
I am also happy to note that an older baby we know, close to two years old, also likes this book. So it is going to be a good book for a while!
The illustrations are very colorful, and overall a little more detailed than THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR, the book that taught me to love Eric Carle's work. They look like collages with details added in crayon and pencil. My baby loves these pictures. I think it is the combination of color, simple lines and detail.
The text initially seems way too simple. The question and reply "Have you seen my cat?" and "This is not my cat!" are repeated nine times in the book. At the end, of course, the boy finds his cat and says, "This is my cat!" This initially seemed insanely dull, but Carle is an artist, and there is method to his madness.
If you just focus on the words, HAVE YOU SEEN MY CAT? is monotonous. However, there is a lot of room here to talk about what we are seeing. If you follow the story told in the pictures, you see that the boy takes a trip around the world looking for his cat. The people we ask for the cat are: a businessman, an American cowboy, a Mexican man on a burro, a South American Indian man, two African women, an Arab in the desert, a man from India who looks to be a farmer, a Persian prince, and finally a man in a park with his wife and child.Read more ›
It was great to pick up after a long day -- even just to look at Carle's whimsical art work. But, more importantly, the memorable line "that's not MY cat," became the motto of our household. It didn't matter if the subject was a mismatched sock or an extra plate of leftovers in the fridge -- my roommates would jubilantly yell out "that's not MY cat!"
Have You Seen My Cat is a great book for the kid in all of us -- even if you don't have a special child to read to, I highly recommend this book.
I was really disappointed in the quality of the book. First of all, the pages are twisted out of shape. But the most glaring error was that on two pages the images are printed twice, one off-center from the other. Also, halfway through the book the print style drastically changes. At first you have a picture of a cat on the left page and the boy talking to the various people on the right page. Halfway through the image of the cat takes up both pages, while the image of the boy is shrunk and crammed in the upper right corner above the cat images.
I'll include pictures to show just how bad these pages look.
I'm pretty disappointed in the print quality of this book and wonder if it was a cheap counterfeit version that somehow got mixed up with the real books.
Fortunately the slide-and-peek version is now available again, so I reordered a copy of that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter loves the book, but the tabs pull out way too easily. That makes it frustrating to read so we don't reach for it often. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Nichole
A good book for children just starting to learn to read--or showing interest in learning to read. There is one sentence per page and only eight different words are used to create... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Willie
Eric Carle does it again. We love the colors and the interactions of all of his stories.Published 1 month ago by Sarah Pullano
My toddler ripped this book apart during regular use. I just wish it was sturdier.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My 17-month son has loved this book since he was 2 months old. We're on our third iteration of it as he is now strong enough to pull the pull-out panels all the way out, ripping... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Erika Holzinger
Purchased after completing Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.Published 3 months ago by Jenny C.
Our 18 month old loves cats and can't get enough of this book! We had to buy a 2nd copy because he ripped all the pull-outs from the first copy.Published 4 months ago by CiraldoFamily