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It's Like This, Cat Paperback – August 12, 2008

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"A fine, honest, flavorful tale." -- -- Chicago Tribune

"Different, humorous, with a touch of the vernacular, and a great feeling for the city and its many peoples." -- -- Saturday Review

"Superb'the best junior novel I've ever read about big-city life." -- --NYT.

"This is superb -- the best junior novel I've ever read about big-city life." -- -- New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Emily Neville was born in Manchester, Connecticut, and now lives in New York City. After receiving her A.B. degree from Bryn Mawr College, she worked as a copy-girl for the New York Daily New and the New York Mirror. Since then she has written many stories about children. It’s Like This, Cat is her first published novel for young people.

Mrs. Neville is married to a newspaper-man and is the mother of five children, aged six to eighteen. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: IndyPublish (August 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1437838391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1437838398
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,386,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Hicks on May 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Emily Neville's Newbery Medal winning book, It's Like This, Cat, explores the life of a young and curious boy from New York City. Dave Mitchell, age fourteen, is an only child who doesn't seem to get along with his father, who is constantly lecturing his choice of music and friends. To make matters worse, Dave's mother has asthma attacks every time the two boys fight. It seems that the only person Dave can confide in is his neighbor, the crazy cat lady, the neighborhood creep. He calls her Aunt Kate. It is Aunt Kate who introduces Dave to his new best friend, Cat, a stray tomcat whom Aunt Kate picked up off the streets. Cat accompanies Dave everywhere, from adventures to Central Park with Dave's buddy Nick to visiting Dave's older acquaintance, Tom, at Coney Island. It is Cat who introduces Dave to his girl crush, Mary, and the suspected criminal, Tom.

Neville uses detailed characterization to tie the story together brilliantly. Each character is convincing, behaving appropriately for his or her age. For example, Dave is unmistakably a city boy, having no problem reading maps of the city, taking the bus to restaurants and coke shops, walking down 42nd street to play ball with the boys, taking a ferry to the zoo in Brooklyn, and riding his bike to visit friends. Dave is also a typical fourteen-year-old boy, craving his independence from his parents, working for money to call his own, seeking daily adventures in the outdoors, and suddenly becoming interested in one of the opposite sex. It is through thoughtful plot and character development that Neville is able to end the story with the reader recognizing what impact that people, and even animals, can have on each other's lives.
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A Kid's Review on April 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
Its Like This, Cat By Emily Neville is a Suspenseful story about a boy and his cat admidst the busy 1964, New York background. It all started when Dave Mitchell came home with an orange and black striped tomcat. This book is all about a boy's childhood as he grows up with his pet cat. Dave has adventures all over New York and also some close to his downtown apartment. Dave also does not have the best relationship with his dad either. Fights are always brewing between Dave and his father. So, Dave is almost always away from home to get away from his father.

I gave Its LIke this Cat five stars. I feel it deserved 5 stars because when I read this book I felt like I was in New York in 1964. With Emily Neville's Photographic detail I could easily point a clear, vivid picture in my head. This book also has many humerous spots that makes you want to keep reading. Since this cook was written in 1964 it does not have the most appealing cover. But like they always say "Don't judge a book by it's cover."

Michael

Madison, WI
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Format: Hardcover
This was one of the first books I remember choosing, myself, to read when I was about 8 years old. It's a very sweet story, but also has a good amount of serious reality to it. I'm from the suburbs of NYC and I loved cats as a child, so this book was a perfect fit. This book is an excellent way to get kids around that age to develop their love of reading -- and their desire to sometimes choose books over video games and TV. If your child likes this, also try "A Cricket in Times Square".
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Neville, Emily. It's Like This, Cat. Illus. Emily Weiss. New York: Harper and Row. 1963. Markman, Lisa Hermine. "Child's Work Is Child's Play: The Value of George MacDonald's Diamond." Children's Literature Association Quarterly. 24.3 (1999)119-129.
Dave is the main character of the book, It's Like This, Cat. He gets a cat from his friend Aunt Kate. He quickly names his new pet "Cat." Throughout the story, Cat helps take a part in Dave's new found relationships with friends and family. Dave and Cat go on new adventures together and meet interesting people. This Newbery Medal winner was really fun to read. The descriptions of the cats are the best that I have seen in a children's book. In, It's Like This, Cat, Neville successfully awakens the reader's visual senses. The description of fine details of cat places the reader inside the book and allows him or her to visualize the vivid images on each page. Neville captures the sleek movements of the cats in this book, from the twitch of the tail to the lazy play of the eyes. For cat lovers, it is a joy to see how these fury friends are captured in their playful and lazy manners. With this description, Neville creates a fascinating world that is easy for the reader to enter. Once inside, the reader is also able to get an up-close view of the special bond between Dave and Cat. Cat soon becomes Dave's best friend and they begin to do everything together. With the visual senses awakened, one can feel that they are seeing inside the story, and capture a deeper meaning than one would have if the images were not so life-like. These life-like images make this novel hard to put down. One thing that I feel that Neville really captures in this book is the real innocence of child's play.
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