Narrated from a cat's point of view, this picture book tells the story of a family moving house and of the upset it causes to a small boy and the cat he so clearly loves.
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A cat that treasures its independence (``No one knows what I do./No one knows where I go'') and its freedom to choose when to join its humans (``they have me to tickle,/I have their laps'') suffers the indignities of a move. In a carefully crafted text whose repetitive phrases perfectly evoke the cat's behavior and priorities, Rosen describes its disorientation as the old house is emptied (``Still they had me to tickle,/but I had no laps''), outrage at being caged for the journey, and bolting once freed at the new place (there's a touch of anthropomorphism here--``Now they will worry,'' the cat speculates. ``I vanished myself./I warmed a new nowhere and I waited''). In time, of course, food is an irresistible lure, and things get back to normal. Williams's soft, painterly double spreads, in muted earthtones warmed with reds and greens, capture the family's feelings and the cat's expressive movements with equal facility. A familiar drama, developed with unusual sensitivity and style. (Picture book. 3-8) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 1-Less about moving than about the nature of cats, this quiet tale is told from a feline's perspective as his family packs up, travels to their new house, and settles in. Describing its former freewheeling comings and goings, the cat says, "I was nowhere and everywhere." Then came boxes, lots of them. "There was a twist and a push and I was in./I who could go nowhere and everywhere/was in a somewhere./Held in." Arriving at the new family home, the pet flees and stays away until lured by some food. Rosen's rhythmic, free verse is accompanied by realistic, full-color, double-page spreads predominantly in hazy, dusty tones. Composition and color contribute to the tranquil mood, ending when the cat springs across the page from his hiding place. A pleasant sojourn for cat lovers, but of less appeal to general audiences.
Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
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Book Description Puffin, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140548955
Book Description Puffin, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140548955