Scrawny cat /

by Root, Phyllis; Friend, Alison [ill.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011Edition: 1st ed.Description: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 24 x 26 cm.ISBN: 9780763641641; 0763641642.Subject(s): Cats -- Juvenile fiction | Loneliness -- Juvenile fiction | Picture books for childrenSummary: A lost, lonely, and scrawny cat, hungry and afraid, unexpectedly meets someone who takes him in and loves him.
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A lonely cat, a rainy night, and an empty dinghy launch a heartwarming, seafaring tale about finding home in unlikely places.The scrawny cat used to belong to someone, someone who scratched his ears and let him lick her chin and knew his name. Now the only thing anyone ever calls him is "get out of here!" But when a snarling dog and a blowing rain turn the scrawny cat into a sailor cat, he learns that even a scared and shivery stray can find a kindred soul at the end of a storm-tossed night. Phyllis Root's lyrical narrative joins with charming illustrations by Alison Friend in a classic, comforting tale about a lost creature that cat lovers (and story hounds) will cozy up to.

School Library Journal, December 2011

Horn Book, November 2011

Bulletin (Center for Children's books), December 2011

Kirkus Review, August 2011

A lost, lonely, and scrawny cat, hungry and afraid, unexpectedly meets someone who takes him in and loves him.


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Horn Book Review

The events here are classic, the narrative is simplicity itself: a once-loved stray is hounded about town by dogs, people, even the weather. After he takes refuge in a moored dinghy and it breaks free, he's blown over the sea to an island home owned by Emma, a lonely former sailor who's delighted to have both boat and the cat she names Skipper. Root paces her story expertly, lingering for pathos ("He had belonged to someone once / and she had belonged to him..."), subtly repeating sounds ("the wind hurried the scrawny cat along. / He hunkered in a doorway..."), punctuating with a staccato phrase ("Get out of here!"), and coming into home port with a pleasant echo of the last little cat's nurturing in Wanda Gg's Millions of Cats. In expansive gouache illustrations, Friend represents the cat's affecting emotions with cartoony verve while evoking the seaside town in rectilinear, autumnal scenes, the sea in expansive vistas, and the island shore, the boat's sail, and Emma herself in welcoming curves. Altogether, this is a satisfyingly fresh rendition of the old scenario of a wanderer landing safely in a loving home. joanna rudge long (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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