Cat Jumped In!

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When someone leaves the kitchen window open, Cat jumps in! So begins the tale of an outdoor cat who finds his way into a tidy house, wreaking havoc at every turn. That is, until he finds his way in once more—this time into someone's heart. Beautiful, bright watercolors from Caldecott-winning illustrator Emily Arnold McCully nearly spring off the page, buoyed by a playful text that highlights simple prepositions. Preschoolers will delight in Cat's unintended disasters and mess, and the heartwarming story, the ...

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Emily Arnold McCully Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 2007 Hard Cover New 9 x 11. First printing. Glossy pictorial hardcover. No D/J. An inquisitive feline walks through the rooms ... of a house, jumping into one mess after another, before landing in the loving arms of its owner. Read more Show Less

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Overview

When someone leaves the kitchen window open, Cat jumps in! So begins the tale of an outdoor cat who finds his way into a tidy house, wreaking havoc at every turn. That is, until he finds his way in once more—this time into someone's heart. Beautiful, bright watercolors from Caldecott-winning illustrator Emily Arnold McCully nearly spring off the page, buoyed by a playful text that highlights simple prepositions. Preschoolers will delight in Cat's unintended disasters and mess, and the heartwarming story, the product of a pairing of exceptional author and illustrator talents, will charm cat people of any age.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Each incident is backlit with white space as McCully's signature watercolors vigorously create the cat chaos.
Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Weaver's succinct text rings with onomatopoeia and provides a bit of suspense as readers try to infer the identity of 'someone' and to guess what Cat will do next.
15MinutesMagazine.com

Weaver's succinct text rings with onomatopoeia and provides a bit of suspense as readers try to infer the identity of 'someone' and to guess what Cat will do next.
Publishers Weekly

An adventure in which the preternatural curiostiy of cats is celebrated with sly wit in both words and pictures.
School Library Journal

Children will enjoy this manic romp by an endearing scamp, and also appreciate that the cat gets a hug despite the calamity he has caused.
Booklist, ALA

Publishers Weekly

Curiosity doesn't kill the cat, but it sure annoys a homeowner in this vivacious picture book about a wayward feline. "It was summer, and someone left the window open. Cat jumped in!" begins the adventure. Before long, a bold black-and-white cat is wreaking havoc in the kitchen, the bedroom and eventually the art studio. Each time Cat wraps up his messy antics, "someone" approaches, "Tip-tap, pitter-pat," and calls, "Cat? Out!" But not even "someone" can resist when Cat eventually turns on his furry charm. Weaver's (Opera Cat) succinct text rings with onomatopoeia and provides a bit of suspense as readers try to infer the identity of "someone" and to guess what Cat will do next. Both author and illustrator demonstrate a fond familiarity for felines in spot-on depictions of cat-like behavior and situations. McCully's (Mirette on the High Wire) watercolors, often set off by playfully curled or tumbling text on the page, are flashes of color and motion, capturing Cat's trail of innocent yet flamboyant destruction. She keeps the tale's mystery alive by showing "someone" only from below the knee, and by offering other clues in her backgrounds. Ages 4-8. (Nov.)

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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Someone left the kitchen window open and "Cat jumped in!" After walking across the pie dough and drinking some spilled cream, he smelled something fishy. His nose led him into the trash can where he discovered gooey eggshells, syrupy waffles, apple cores, and banana peels. Cat heard footsteps approaching as he tumbled out of the garbage and dashed into a closet. A hat with a feather attracted his attention resulting in a broken shelf before Cat raced up the stairs. He found fancy bottles and a powder puff in the bedroom. He was startled to see another cat. He jumped and played with his own reflection in the mirror until he heard the footsteps again. He next explored an artist's studio getting wet paint all over his body. His desperate attempts to shake it off became a colorful heart painted on the floor. As the artist stood in awe, Cat curled his tail around her ankles. "Meow." All was forgiven as Cat jumped into the artist's arms. Colorful illustrations feature an adventurous cat blithely creating havoc throughout a comfortable home. This is a fun read aloud to share with young children. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
An adventure in which the preternatural curiosity of cats is celebrated with sly wit in both words and pictures. Again and again, Cat finds that his owner has left openings of all kinds accessible to him: a kitchen window, a trash can, a coat closet, a bedroom door, an art studio. Each destination offers the inquisitive feline maximum possibility for messy mischief. The woman of the house follows behind Cat, chasing his trail of garbage, coat scarves, dressing-table detritus, and smeared paint. The text is patterned and repetitive, containing many action and onomatopoeic words to delight teachers. It also offers opportunities for crowd-pleasing participatory reading aloud at storytime. McCully's loose-lined, energetic watercolor illustrations are well suited to the wayward protagonist and his fractious escapades. Cat's body is a blur of movement, and his face a study in startled surprise. At the chase's pleasant conclusion, the woman catches Cat, who, this time, jumps into her arms. After all, his paint-spattered footprints are in the shape of a heart. Pair this tale with one about another inquisitive feline, Kevin Henkes's Kitten's First Full Moon (HarperCollins, 2004).
—Kate McClellandCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Weaver and McCully offer an amusing twist on the saying "curiosity killed the cat," with few words, but lots of animated artwork that details the funny feline frenzy. When "someone" leaves the kitchen window open, a black-and-white cat jumps inside and dives into the garbage bin after a fishy smell. But "someone" orders him OUT! Instead, the cat dashes into a closet and leaps up to swat a hat with feathers, causing the shelf to crash. "Cat? OUT!" Upstairs he races, sniffing fancy bottles on the dresser, pokes back at another cat (seeing himself in the mirror), and everything falls down. "Cat? OUT!" But the studio door is open and when the cat's paint-daubed paws accidentally create a painting on the floor, it's the last straw. "Someone" opens her arms and the cat jumps in. Each incident is backlit with white space as McCully's signature watercolors vigorously create the cat chaos. Human and feline foibles are spot-on with a purring finish: That "someone" isn't seen until the last page. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618614882
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/19/2007
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Arnold McCully received the Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire . The illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers, she has a lifelong interest in history and feminist issues. She divides her time between Chatham, New York, and New York City.

Tess Weaver is the author of Opera Cat and Cat Jumped In! She lives in Iowa City, Iowa. For more information visit www.tessweaver.com.

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