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Sneakers, the Seaside Cat Paperback – April 26, 2005
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Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Margaret Wise Brown, cherished for her unique ability to convey a child’s experience and perspective of the world, transformed the landscape of children’s literature with such beloved classics as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Other perennial favorites by Ms. Brown include Nibble Nibble, My World, Where Have You Been?, Christmas in the Barn, The Dead Bird, and Sneakers, the Seaside Cat.
Anne Mortimer is the author and illustrator of Bunny's Easter Egg and Pumpkin Cat. She has illustrated many other children's books, including Santa's Snow Cat by Sue Stainton, A Pussycat's Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown, and The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. She lives in southwest England.
Top Customer Reviews
The story itself is fairly simple: Sneakers, a plump and handsome black and white cat, accompanies his human family to the seaside for the first time. He explores the seashore flora and fauna; the repeating line is "My, I am glad I saw that." Brown's writing never condescended to children, who may enjoy the childlike adventures of Sneakers (although adult cat owners may not like the fact that Sneakers is allowed to roam about by himself; the current trend seems toward all indoor cats.)
As for the illustrations, they are just stunning. I do like Ms. Mortimer's work as a rule but this time she has outdone herself. The posture and expressions she has captured are among the best I have seen: incredibly naturalistic. On the basis of illustration alone I would recommend this book, but it would work very well for a pre-school beach/seashore/summer book.
The story is good, but the illustrations bring the characters and scenery to life. The cat, Sneakers, is particularly charming and a big hit with children. Over a year after I gave this as a present, it is still this particular child's favorite book and as an adult I appreciated it.
There is some special intangible that comes alive through the combination of the author's narrative and illustrators ability. This is a book that you can't go wrong with and that you can appreciate as an adult.
Your child will also learn a lot about the sea and beach and be able to identify with the curiosity of the main character. This is a nice launching point for the imagination and good two-way conversations.
This one left me a tad disappointed. The illustrations were FABULOUS, but the story felt lacking. I also laughed to myself as I've never known a cat who has enjoyed a ride in the car.
Story - 3/5 stars - Illustrations 5/5 stars
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My kindergarten class loved it! The illustrations are wonderful and the story is cute.Published 3 months ago by Ellen K C
The artwork is beautiful and absolutely delights my daughter when we read it.Published 8 months ago by alene k latimer
The out of print SNEAKERS is better as it has more stories -- this is one of them. But the illustrations are beautiful and the out of print version is hard to find and expensive... Read morePublished 16 months ago by a reader
The strikingly beautiful illustrations really make this book adorable -- and I want a cat like that. But I have Scooter the Tabby Cat. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Rob Natiuk
I've been searching for this book for years. It was my favorite growing up and I always said I would read it to my children when I have them. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Melissa Bouchard