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Cats: They wake you up at dawn, nap on your lap, perch on the book you're reading, and sometimes act as though they don't know you. They are a constant source of puzzlement?and joy. In this collection of poems, Dave Crawley pays tribute to the fabulous, finicky felines he has known and loved since childhood, capturing classic cat antics with affection and humor. Tamara Petrosino's watercolor illustrations amplify the humor and depict cats' expressions, postures, and mischievous ways as only a devoted cat owner ...
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Cats: They wake you up at dawn, nap on your lap, perch on the book you're reading, and sometimes act as though they don't know you. They are a constant source of puzzlement?and joy. In this collection of poems, Dave Crawley pays tribute to the fabulous, finicky felines he has known and loved since childhood, capturing classic cat antics with affection and humor. Tamara Petrosino's watercolor illustrations amplify the humor and depict cats' expressions, postures, and mischievous ways as only a devoted cat owner could.
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"High marks for child appeal. . . . Rare is the young reader who won't respond to the deep affection [Crawley] conveys." --Kirkus Reviews

"Crawley utilizes line-ending rhyme schemes in the poems, and the familiar pattern will engage beginning or reluctant readers, while the humor and wit will appeal to the school-age crowd." --School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
Cat lovers will likely embrace Crawley's rhyming verse, which addresses feline types and idiosyncrasies with unapologetic adoration. Illustrations of cats, identified with such exotic captions as devon rex and turkish angora, along with the more familiar Siamese and manx, decorate the endpapers, while self-evident titles (e.g., Stay, Little Stray, Grocery Store Cat, Catnap) reveal the poems' subjects. Petrosino (How Prudence Proovit Proved the Truth About Fairy Tales) varies the format from full-spread compositions to the very clever vignettes in Sleeper, which breaks the poem down, line by line, into comic-style panels, with portraits of the pet snoozing in a variety of locales (She slouched on the couch./ She sprawled in the hall./ She curled in a ball on the stool by the wall). Unfortunately the full-page and full-spread compositions do not always match the wry economy achieved in these grid-like panels (City Cat, Country Cat is another example of the artist's forte). The overarching theme of the collection accentuates the loving bond between cats and humans, which triumphs over the frustrations felines can induce. In Mind Reader, for instance, a cat disrupts a girl's study time: He stops and flops on chapter one./ I'll never get my homework done!; but once the child starts playing, she says: I think I see a little smirk./ He knew I didn't want to work. A playful, extended ode to feline friends. Ages 7-12. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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K-Gr 4-A pampered Persian shares the limelight with strays in celebration of felines. Many of the 24 entries describe their comical antics, whether they are flying across a room in pursuit of invisible creatures or assisting with household chores: "He paws at the sheets,/and claws at the spread./(My cat likes to help/when I'm making the bed)." There is a "Grocery Store Cat" that "... sits by himself/on the window shelf/in old Mister Galligan's store" and a "Playground Cat" that entices children to "-leave/their slides and swings/to watch him play/with shoelace strings." Other critters sleep, snuggle, pounce, and play. Crawley utilizes line-ending rhyme schemes in the poems, and the familiar pattern will engage beginning or reluctant readers, while the humor and wit will appeal to the school-age crowd. Petrosino's watercolor illustrations match the mood of the light verse as colorful cats are shown contentedly sleeping, wildly cavorting, or interacting with their young owners. Two of the offerings are presented in a comic-book-style format, creating a new, unexpected experience with poetry. Display this volume with Douglas Florian's Bow Wow Meow Meow (Harcourt, 2003) as examples of verse that pay tribute to beloved pets with merriment and affection.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"My cat can't read, can't read a word. / (To think he could would be absurd.) / Yet every time I read a book, / he scrambles up to take a look." Winning high marks for child appeal, this collection pairs two dozen rollicking rhymed tributes to the behavior and vagaries of cats with simple, vivacious cartoon portraits of chubby, skinny, ragged, neatly groomed, lazy, wild, wide-eyed, heavy-lidded, young, old and ageless felines, mostly in domestic settings. Some, like "Finicky Felicia" or "Mixed-Up Max," are named, while others are anonymous-but all offer entertainment to their humans, companionship and comfort in times of stress: "She rubs her head against my leg, / and I'm no longer sad- / for suddenly my awful day / is really not so bad." Crawley may not dig so deeply into the feline psyche, and his own, as Cynthia Rylant does in Boris (see below), but rare is the young reader who won't respond to the deep affection he conveys, affirmed by the closing observation that stroking 20-year-old Tandy "still brings back the joy- / when she was a kitten and I was a boy." (Poetry. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590782873
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Dave Crawley's poetry for children appears in several anthologies, including If Kids Ruled the School. He works as a features reporter at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and also serves on Pittsburgh's board of the Animal Rescue League.

Tamara Petrosino is the illustrator of Rocky: The Cat Who Barks, by Donna Jo Napoli and Marie Kane, as well as many other books for young readers. She resides in Rutherford, New Jersey, with her beloved cat, Charlie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    Calming poems even for a housecat!

    I throughly enjoyed this poetry book. And I don't even like poetry. Best of all, when I was visiting my parents, their cats actually sat down and listened to each poem read. It's that great of a read. Give it a chance, try it, you'll like it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2005

    HEE, KITTY, KITTY !

    You don't have to be a feline fancier (although it helps) to enjoy these lilting rhymes about the cats in our lives. From 'Finicky Felicia' to 'Trapped!' author Crawley perfectly captures the ways and whims of these lovable creatures, whether it's awakening you at the crack of dawn, climbing into your lap when you're trying to read, or finding total pleasure in a piece of string. Illustrator Tamara Petrosino who shares her New Jersey home with a cat named Charlie, filled end papers with kitties of all stripes. Her colorful, humorous paintings capture cats at their best and worst. An illustration of 'Cat Bath' is especially fetching. After all, 'Don't ever try to wash a cat. It simply doesn't work. If you should put her in the tub, the cat will go berserk.' Cat lovers of all ages will find much to smile about in 'Cat Poems.'

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