Cat Came Back

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Slavin's illustrated version of the traditional song about a cat whose owner can't get rid of him is full of verve and an irresistible quirkiness. When this feline is sent off in a hot air balloon, the lyrics indicate only that he ``came back,'' but the illustrations show him returning in a spaceship with green cheese from the moon. Old Mister Johnson puts his pet on ``an ocean liner going far, far away,'' but the unflappable creature shows up the next day sporting Hawaiian tourist garb. And so it goes: cat is sent away, cat cunningly returns. At book's end, the contented yellow critter (having made his final reappearance in a yellow cab) watches TV beside his bemused owner, kittens happily wriggling about them. The music for the song is conveniently included at the back of the book, but what will make youngsters want to ``come back'' repeatedly to this infectious ditty are Slavin's jaunty illustrations that wittily amplify the humor. Ages 6-11. (Dec.)
Kathryn Broderick
The opening verse of this traditional song from Canada goes, "Old Mister Johnson had / troubles of his own, / He had a yellow cat that / wouldn't leave his home." Alternating between double-page spreads, framed pictures, and spot art, Slavin's watercolors depict the home that really belongs to the master's pet--cat sitting in the comfortable chair, milk bottles strewn about, and homeowner vacuuming up cat food. Mister Johnson keeps trying to gain control of his life; he sends the cat on a cruise, on a train heading west, up in a hot-air balloon. But this cat is tenacious, and Mister Johnson resigns himself to his destiny. The song was made into a hilarious animated short, with which some readers may be familiar. But the book does a good job presenting a funny song and a funny concept. Music included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807510971
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/1992
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.26 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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