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Cat Talk

by Patricia MacLachlan, Barry Moser
     
 

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Princess Sheba Darling is a beauty queen.
Romeo is a lover.
Tuck knows the coziest spots to sleep.
Eddie has a job to do.

From cuddler to troublemaker, kitten to tom, cats have a lot to say. Authors Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest and illustrator Barry Moser give voice to and celebrate our most opinionated furry friends in this spirited

Overview

Princess Sheba Darling is a beauty queen.
Romeo is a lover.
Tuck knows the coziest spots to sleep.
Eddie has a job to do.

From cuddler to troublemaker, kitten to tom, cats have a lot to say. Authors Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest and illustrator Barry Moser give voice to and celebrate our most opinionated furry friends in this spirited collection of feline poetry. Full of curiosity, mischief, and some secrets, too, Cat Talk is sure to make readers wonder what their own four-legged friends have to say.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This collection of 13 handsomely illustrated free-verse poems makes an eclectic and engaging feline companion to MacLachlan and Charest’s Once I Ate a Pie and I Didn’t Do It. Speaking in a delightful range of voices, the cats each share their proclivities. Princess Sheba Darling is smugly narcissistic (“As hard as I try, I could never be more beautiful/ Than I am/ Now”), and no-nonsense Sylvie is not one to mess with: “I am the boss cat./ I twitch my tail to prove it./ I boss the dogs. I boss my people.” Moser (Oh, Harry!) again demonstrates his prowess at portraying animals with realism and affection; his stately watercolors capture the cats’ playful, laconic, and independent personalities. There are occasional glimpses of the pets’ owners, but the focus is largely on the cats, with playful accouterments adding splashes of color, whether a yellow rubber ducky, a pair of pink bunny slippers, or a purple (computer) mouse. A treat for cat lovers of all ages. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Rubin Pfeffer, East West Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Jeff Dwyer, Dwyer & O’Grady. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1–5—Handsome spreads showcase 13 poems, each told from the perspective of a different cat and all abounding with feline attitude. There is "Tough Tom," with scratched-up nose and torn ear, who slips into a house and embraces a new life: "At first I was scared./I was used to rooftops/And rain/And snow/And dark./And fighting with other cats./But you opened the window/And I walked in." The aptly named "Princess Sheba Darling," posed gracefully to best display her snow-white fur, deigns to express what is instantly obvious to anyone who sees her: "As hard as I try, I could never be more beautiful/Than I am/Now." With a coat the "color of night," sleek Minnie steals through the moonlit countryside, proud that only her "Bright/Yellow/Eyes" give her location away. Effectively utilizing mood-setting rhythms, cadences, and word choices, each first-person free-verse selection perfectly suits the personality of its particular subject. Moser's lovely watercolor paintings depict each feline, individualized through distinctive coat, body language, and illuminating facial expressions. Playful action scenes alternate with more stately portraits, further enhancing each offering's tone and adding visual interest. This is a delight for youngsters who are owned by cats, a natural for pet-day celebrations, and a strong choice for classroom sharing and discussions of poetic points of view.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
As they did previously for dogs (Once I Ate a Pie, illustrated by Katy Schneider, 2006), MacLachlan and Charest give voice to a collection of charming pets beautifully rendered by veteran illustrator Moser. In 13 poems, each on a double-page spread, 16 cats (and one mouse) are lovingly described. Cat fanciers will immediately recognize the personalities of these particular pussycats. From the straightforward revelation of the delightfully outsized ego of Princess Sheba Darling, who declares "I love me," to affectionate Romeo's embrace of everyone and everything, to the wary, unwilling domestication of torn-eared Tough Tom, the poems speak in the cats' voices. That they also manage with only a few words to create specific situations, sometimes even including a bit of a back story, is what makes these poems true portraits rather than the cute caricatures that sometimes inhabit collections like this one. Moser's watercolor illustrations, of course, contribute significantly to the overall quality. Majestic, maternal, suspicious, playful or placid, each cat is pictured in a pose and setting that reflect and illuminate the text. Tuck's toes and tail peek out from the covers beside two pairs of bare feet. Alice balances on the edge of the bathtub. Minnie slips through the night, almost invisible. Though published for the preschool audience, this will no doubt find enthusiastic fans of all ages. (Picture book. 4 & up)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"These [poems] are appealing to read aloud and engaging to read alone, and they’ll provide plenty of inspiration for kids to write odes to their own kitties."
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“These [poems] are appealing to read aloud and engaging to read alone, and they’ll provide plenty of inspiration for kids to write odes to their own kitties.”
Children's Literature - Jillian Kobelin
Have you ever wondered what your cat is thinking? Meet Romeo, Alice, Tuck, and others in this book of poetry that gives voices to many furry felines. Each cat has a story and a personality of its own. There is Tough Tom, who comes in off the streets for a warm blanket and some food. Narcissistic Princess Sheba Darling brags of her beauty, Simon likes to play games, and Sylvie thinks she is the boss. Each poem is paired with a soft-hued watercolor illustration that echoes the depiction of the life of each cat. The cats' difference voices demonstrate amplified personification and can unlock children's imagination of the personalities of any animal. Is your dog a secret detective, or is the monkey at the zoo shy and fearful of all of the onlookers? The structure of poetry also provides a new way to spark children's creativity by helping them recognize different styles of writing. Reviewer: Jillian Kobelin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060279783
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/19/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
542,240
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
440L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her novels for young readers include Arthur, For the Very First Time; The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt; Skylark; Caleb’s Story; More Perfect than the Moon; Grandfather’s Dance; Word After Word After Word; Kindred Souls; and The Truth of Me; she is also the author of many beloved picture books, many of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily. She lives with her husband and two border terriers in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.

Barry Moser is the prizewinning illustrator and designer of more than three hundred books for children and adults. He is widely celebrated for his dramatic wood engravings for the only twentieth-century edition of the entire King James Bible illustrated by a single artist. He lives in western Massachusetts.

Emily MacLachlan Charest lives with her husband, her children, Sofia and Nicholas, two dogs, and one oversized cat, Romeo, who thinks he's a dog. She works with young children. She is the coauthor of Bittle, Painting the Wind, Once I Ate a Pie, and other books. She lives in Massachusetts.

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