Title: The Story of Mrs. Lovewright and Purrless ...
Publisher: Knopf, 1985,
Publication Date: 1985
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: 1st Edition
1st ed., hardcover, near fine in very good dj (price-clipped, edgewear), in mylar, children's books, blm50. Bookseller Inventory # 5107
Synopsis: Mrs. Lovewright is sure that a cat is just what she needs until she acquires a cat that has a mind of its own.
From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2 Spindly, pinched-faced Mrs. Lovewright is a "chilly person." She is also a rather lonely one, and so she decides to get a cat. Her desire for companionship heralds her doom. When Purrless (originally named Purrly) arrives via the delivery boy, he is little and cute, but he steadfastly refuses to purr or even sit upon Mrs. Lovewright's lap. What ensues is a grueling and prolonged battle of wits. As Purrless grows from a small kitten to an enormous cat, children see Mrs. Lovewright scratched, beaten, tumbled out of bed and bombed with a variety of common household objects. Neither character ever grasps the importance of compromise or mutual respect. In the end they are pictured in a tenuous truce with Mrs. Lovewright still lamenting her pet's lack of coziness and Purrless' twitching tail foreshadowing the possibility of future attacks. Although Segal should be commended for her attempt to demonstrate poorly motivated pet ownership and its potential for dire consequences, this story's execution is marred by excessive and inappropriate violence. Jarring transitions further detract from the text and add annoyance. The strongest point is Zelinsky's illustrations, which are both witty and satirical. Each of the characters gains clarity and personality under his sure hand. Textures and subtle colors blend well to portray this quiet home turned battleground. Unfortunately, they do not salvage this unpleasant story of on-going strife. Xenda Casavant, Worcester Public Library, Mass.
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