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So, What's It Like to Be a Cat? Paperback – May 20, 2008
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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 3–Two award winners team up to explore playfully the essence of being a cat. The framework of an interview between a boy and a feline allows for a series of skillfully constructed calls and responses. For example, the youngster asks, Do you have a kitty bed/with your picture at the head? and his subject replies, I do not have a kitty bed/to rest my kitty tail and head./I'd rather/sleep most anywhere/that's warm and soft:/a couch,/a chair,/a sleeping loft;/I'll curl up there. Within strong black lines, the loosely composed watercolor cartoons perfectly capture the range of expressions, postures, and mischievous ways of cats. The illustrations are set against crisp white backgrounds and each page offers a diverse layout that enhances the cadence of the poem. This inextricable interplay of art and text works harmoniously to provide a delightful portrait of the capricious nature of felines. A great choice for reading aloud.–Caroline Ward, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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PreS-Gr. 2. Pencil in hand, a boy interviews his gray cat, beginning with the question in the title. Seated in a director's chair, the rangy feline answers with the easy, false modesty of a celebrity: "Cats are private creatures / who are happier when left alone. Of course I trust / and also wish / no one forgets to fill my dish / (a bit of fish might be delish)." The cat proudly acknowledges that although humans have a few things going for them ("They balance nicely on their feet"), they don't "nap or leap or lie / as gracefully or well / as I." Lewin's charming, uncluttered watercolors extend the spare poetry's precise wit with swooping bold lines that beautifully capture both characters' movements and moods. Children will easily recognize the pet's wildly joyful leaps and bounds and his wary backward gaze as he slinks away from a grasping toddler. Pair this with Dave Crawley's Cat Poems (2005) for more lighthearted verse about the secret lives of cats. Gillian Engberg
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Kuskin nailed this one! The entire story screams authenticity - pretty tough when you've got a book regarding a child interviewing a cat! I think I appreciate the book more than my three-year-old but he loves it, too. The watercolor illustrations (by the same woman who did Click, Clack, Moo) fit perfectly. A must-have for your bookshelf!