Milton is, as he himself points out, an "exceptional cat":"I am extremely handsome and I have a curious nose."
This self-assured feline has the quintessential kitty ability to see himself in only the most glamorous, flattering light. Cat admirers of all ages will chuckle knowingly at Milton's description of his days as "very busy" accompanied by a fabulous black-and-white illustration of him lounging on top of a radiator in a cozy living room. He considers himself an excellent hunter--when he cares to give chase. Haydé Ardalan's pictures of this very special fellow capture the spirit of Everycat: vain, intelligent, and exquisitely lazy. A search for deeper meaning will turn up precisely nothing--simply sit back and revel in Milton's very catness. Milton has the mark of a true classic--simple, quietly humorous, and outrageously beguiling. (Ages 3 and older) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
Graphic design is key in this petite volume, boldly illustrated in black and white. "I am an exceptional cat," declares Milton, rolling on his back in a horizontal shot. "I am extremely handsome and I have a curious nose," he continues, and his dark forehead and light snout appear in extreme close-up, now framed vertically. "I see everything, day or night," he says, and only his white markings and open eyes show against an opaque background. To his unmentioned owner, Milton must be unique, but feline fanciers will recognize their own pets in his routines and his unmistakable facial expressions, from an ears-flattened angry glare to an ears-forward, eyes-squeezed-shut semblance of contentment. Swiss author/artist Ardalan eschews embellishment in her images and sentencesArather, she lets the spareness of each play against the other. "My days are very busy," Milton says, lounging upon a chair; "I am fearless," he announces, but the art shows him startled by a bird. This sort of tale has been told before; what's interesting is that Ardalan tells it so succinctly and that, with so few tools, she creates such energy. All ages. (May)
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