Tosca's Surprise (Picture Puffins)

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9780140552706: Tosca's Surprise (Picture Puffins)

Tosca the cat knows she must find a quiet place, but no place is exactly right until her friend Roger, the big orange tomcat, tells her about a little-known hideaway. When Tosca finally settles down, readers will marvel at the secret she's been keeping. "Mortimer's expressive, perfectly rendered cats' eyes are unsurpassed. Sure appeal."--Kirkus Reviews. Full color.

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PreSchool-Grade 1-- Tosca, of Tosca's Christmas (Dial, 1989), is now looking for a place to have her kittens. There seems to be no peace in the house or garden until her friend Roger, a large marmalade tom, helps her to find a quiet, comfortable place in the shed. Although aiming to be suspenseful, the uninspired text offers no surprises, and the mixture of natural animal behavior with human feelings and dialogue ("yuck, thought Tosca") is jarring. The realistic paintings by the British miniaturist are so precise and finely textured that the fur appears real enough to stroke. But even these decorative illustrations encircled with delicate daisy-chain borders cannot redeem a less than satisfying story. --Caroline Ward, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

In a follow-up to Tosca's Christmas (1989), the plump cat searches everywhere--drawer, hedge, shed--for a quiet spot, at last finding one just right for her kittens. The predictable story makes an adequate vehicle for miniaturist Mortimer's exquisitely detailed glimpses of an English house and garden. The cats are not as lively as Ivory's (above), but wonderfully soft; Mortimer's expressive, perfectly rendered cats' eyes are unsurpassed. Sure appeal. (Picture book. 3-8) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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