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Tales of Grandpa Cat Hardcover – September 7, 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
Antic illustrations by New Yorker cover artist Searle accentuate the hilarity in Wardlaw's (Seventh Grade Weirdo) brisk cat-tale. It's Sunday, time for kittens Christopher, Ellen and Fergie to visit their grandparents at Catnip Acres, a retirement community. At first, the three want to while away the hours watching television. But as Grandpa points out some of his neighbors and describes their adventures of yesteryear, he wins over the moody youngsters. He spins yarns of Billy the Kitten, "the fastest paw in the West," and outlaw Calico Jane; millionaire Diamond Jim Kitty; the Great Tabby Houdini (sardonic kitten Christopher, the last to warm to the storytelling, stubbornly wonders, "Could she pull a TV out of [her hat]?"); and daredevil pilot Kitty Hawk-who turns out to be none other than Grandma Cat herself. Wardlaw has an instinct for the catchy hook, and the dialogue is especially deft. Searle's pen-and-ink drawings, brightened with watercolors, radiate enthusiasm: the lively Grandpa sports a multicolored top hat, spats and a lavender coat with tails (including his own); gesturing grandly with his cane (which he carries more for dapper effect than for balance) he acts as ringmaster to the spirited proceedings. All ages.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3?Christopher, Ellen, and Fergie are not pleased when they have to give up watching TV to visit their grandparents at boring old Catnip Acres. While Mom sits to talk with Grandma over parakeet tea, Grandpa stirs himself to take the children on a walk to meet some of his friends. He points out Billy the Kitten, who "...looks like a geezer" but used to be the fastest paw in the West. Among the retirees playing shuffleboard is Diamond Jim Kitty, who made millions from his mitten factory. A cat picking tomatoes in the garden is Tabby Houdini, the great magician. Last of all, Grandpa tells the story of Miss Kitty Hawk, who learned to fly and who turns out to be Grandma. The children never actually talk with the celebrated felines, but are just whisked along with the story?even in the case of Miss Kitty Hawk. Grandpa is a master of trickery, spinning yarns to catch his grandchildren's attention, but never giving them the opportunity to challenge the stories' credibility. There is much to be said for highlighting the talents of seniors, but Grandpa gets too involved and wordy in his enthusiasm. Full-and half-page pen-and-ink cartoons add humor to this episodic tall tale.?Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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