- Age Range: 2 - 5 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Hardcover: 28 pages
- Publisher: Charlesbridge (February 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580897363
- ISBN-13: 978-1580897365
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.3 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lola Gets a Cat Hardcover – February 14, 2017
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McQuinn and Beardshaw's (Leo Can Swim, 2016, etc.) adorable, black preschool heroine, Lola, is back for another turn. Lola loves cats, as is evident by her bedroom full of plush cat dolls and feline artwork, but what Lola desires most of all is a real-life cat to call her own. Mommy is hesitant, warning that "looking after a cat is a lot of work," but when Lola proves she is up to the task, Mommy relents and accompanies Lola to the animal shelter to select a kitten to rescue. "Before Lola can decide, one little cat chooses her!" Many readers will surely appreciate the plotline of shelter-animal pet adoption. Once their home is prepared, Lola and Mommy bring the kitten home, where Lola dubs her Makeda after "an African queen." Throughout, Beardshaw's signature bright acrylic illustrations with soft edges pop with youthful exuberance. Details such as Lola's simple care chart may even serve as inspiration for other young aspiring pet owners. The simple text makes this a suitable story for sharing one-on-one or in a small group or for beginning readers to pursue independently. This sweet story of first-time pet ownership is sure to appeal to young animal lovers of all kinds and especially to feline fanciers.
- Kirkus Reviews
Lola loves cats. She loves them so much that she wants one for a pet. Her sensible mother informs her that taking care of a pet is a lot of work. Lola goes to the library and takes out books so she and her mother can read about cats. She learns how to care for them and discovers some interesting feline traits. Lola practices on her stuffed cat Dinah to help prepare for a pet. She is determined to show her parents that she's responsible enough to have one. Eventually, her mother agrees, and they begin to explore the process of adopting a cat. This isn't just a sweet story about a little girl working hard to get a pet. It's also about responsibility. Lola learns how to make the best life for the cat she will bring home. Children can see how gentle she is with her timid kitten, Makeda. She's attentive and patient when she brings her pet home, and she takes good care of Makeda by feeding, caring for, and loving her. Lola is a cute and lovable character to whom children can relate. The illustrations are large and vibrant. The text is sizable but not obtrusive. VERDICT A solid introduction to pet ownership, probably best shared one-on-one.
—School Library Journal
About the Author
Anna McQuinn has worked in children's books for more than twenty-five years as an editor, publisher, and writer. She has written more than twenty books for children, including the Lola series and books about Lola's baby brother, Leo. Anna lives in England.
Rosalind Beardshaw has illustrated many books for children, including the Lola series, Mole's Babies (Tiger Tales), Just Right for Christmas (Nosy Crow), and The Best Present (Scholastic). She lives in England.
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This is a sweet story for children three through six years of age on pet ownership. Adults can stress what a responsibility a pet is, and how you need to prepare for it. The illustrations are vibrant and upbeat. Children will enjoy seeing Lola getting her new pet. They may want to adopt a pet after reading this story. Be prepared for that! The story could have been longer, it was so enjoyable. 4.5 stars
is a new addition to the delightful Lola series. Lola has been content with cat pictures and stuffed animals, but now she wants a real live cat to love. But, of course, there are obstacles to overcome. In this case, its Mommy who reminds Lola that a real cat is much more responsibility than the stuffed variety. Knowing Lola, she is up for the challenge. She begins by reading up on cat care, then she puts what she’s learned into use by charting the steps and practicing on one of her stuffed animals. Sure enough, her diligence wins over her mom. And best of all, when it’s time to get that pet, Lola adopts her cat from a shelter.
McQuinn’s and Beardshaw’s experience with their own cats are clearly in evidence. The simple language and straight forward writing style makes the story accessible and readers will enjoy following Lola’s progress – from learning how to persuade mom to successfully introducing the new cat into the family. The colorful illustrations and uncluttered pages are a lovely counterpoint to the appealing story.
Youngsters will enjoy the story and discover plenty of helpful tips for their own journey to bringing a cat into their family. I applaud the subtle message about the value of acquiring a new pet through adoption at a shelter.