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Cat Up a Tree
     

Cat Up a Tree

4.5 9
by Ann Hassett
 

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Worried when she spots a cat up a tree, Nana Quimby frantically rings the firehouse for help, only to discover that the fireman no longer rescues cats in trees. What is she to do? She looks out the window again to discover five cats up the tree. And the cats keep coming - too many to count - in all sorts of zany colors, shapes, and sizes. Frantic, Nana Quimby

Overview

Worried when she spots a cat up a tree, Nana Quimby frantically rings the firehouse for help, only to discover that the fireman no longer rescues cats in trees. What is she to do? She looks out the window again to discover five cats up the tree. And the cats keep coming - too many to count - in all sorts of zany colors, shapes, and sizes. Frantic, Nana Quimby calls the police station, the pet shop, the zoo, and even city hall, but no one will respond to her plea.

Children will love counting all the irresistible cats in John Hassett's lively artwork, as the town that refuses to help finds itself caught in a hilarious quandary and finally learns the importance of lending a hand.

John and Ann Hassett collaborated on We Got My Brother at the Zoo and Charles of the Wild, which Booklist described as humorous, winsome, and cozy.

Editorial Reviews

Jen Nessel
Funny and whimsical and engaging.
New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly
"In this stylized primer, characterized by an old-fashioned coziness, the Hassetts tally no fewer than 40 felines and sum up with a gentle sting," said PW in a starred review about an elderly woman with purring denizens at her side. Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this stylized primer, characterized by an old-fashioned coziness, the Hassetts (Charles of the Wild) tally no fewer than 40 felines and sum up with a gentle sting. The kitty quantifying begins when elderly Nana Quimby spies a single black-and-white cat atop a leafy, lichen-green tree. Nana calls the firehouse for assistance, but the dispatcher informs her, "Sorry... we do not catch cats up a tree anymore. Call back if that cat starts playing with matches." Dismayed, she looks out the window again and sees five cats, then 10, up the tree. Yet she can't rouse a rescuer from the police ("Call back if the cats rob a bank") or city hall ("Call back if you need a sign that says Danger! Look up for Falling Cats"). But Nana gets her chance for a subtle rebuke when the town is overrun with mice, and the purring denizens stay at her side. The husband-and-wife team enumerate the crowd of cats while poking fun at public affairs. The authors' feather-light felines could prove difficult to differentiate for beginning readers. They stand in tight formation, as slender and ethereal as mayflies (each is about two inches long, including a long, curlicue tail) and they're painted in dreamy shades of gray-green, pale blue, creamy yellow and white. Nevertheless, the Hassetts' gentle humor and equally light brushwork possess a delicate charm, and the careful Nana ensures that every cat leaves its lofty perch. Ages 3-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-One day Nana Quimby looks out of her apartment building window and sees a cat in a tree. When she calls the fire department, they tell her that they no longer rescue animals. Progressing by increments of five, more and more felines appear and none of the agencies or organizations she calls can offer any assistance. When the cat count is 35 and city hall has turned her down, Nana throws her telephone out the window. The animals make their way across the phone line and into her open arms. Soon the town becomes overrun by mice and when city hall calls Nana, she says "Sorry, the cats do not catch mice anymore." The last page shows "too many cats to count" napping in the woman's kitchen. The illustrations, primarily in pastels, depict small stylized animals that are not easily identifiable. This is a light and rather silly cumulative tale but children may wonder about the lack of cooperation and the particularly unhelpful nature of these community helpers.-Kathy M. Newby, Russiaville Branch Library, IN
BookList
Do cats still climb tress? Do firemen still rescue them? Yes indeed is the answer tot he first question and a resounding no to the second, according to this very funny book. . . . As much fun for the reader as for the listener.
Kirkus Reviews
The Hassetts skewer unhelpful neighbors and public servants with this pointed and witty picture book. When Nana Quimby sees a cat up a tree outside her window, she calls the fire house. They tell her "Sorry," that they don't rescue cats anymore, but that she may call back should the cat start playing with matches. The next time Nana looks, there are five cats, then ten, then 15, and so on, but "Sorry" is all she hears from the police, pet shop, zoo, library, post office, and City Hall. As the cats, now numbering 40, settle in to live with Nana, City Hall calls back, begging for help with a surprising new mouse problem. "Sorry," Nana purrs, "the cats do not catch mice any more." In sly illustrations, small, sinuous felines with gracefully expressive tails pose against leafy backgrounds, or in the final scene, are strewn cozily about Nana Quimby's retro kitchen like calligraphed curlicues. Children won't be able to resist the temptation to count them, and few will quibble with the notion that when it comes to cat-and-mouse, turnabout is fair play.

From the Publisher

“This is a pettable and furry little adventure that should make lapsitters as happy as kittens with a ball of yarn.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred

"As much fun for the reader as the listener." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"The Hassetts' gentle humor and equally light brushwork possess a delicate charm, and the careful Nana ensures that every cat leaves its lofty perch." Publishers Weekly

“Funny and whimsical and engaging . . . . This is a book to read and reread, with cats to count and recount, and little visual details like satellite dishes and mice on windowsills to spot with each new pass.” New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547562377
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/15/1998
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
13 MB
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Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


John and Ann Hassett have been collaborating on picture books for more than ten years. Their books are known for their quirky humor and lively illustrations. The Hassetts live and work in Maine, where their “commute to work is short (upstairs, and first door on the right).”

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Cat Up a Tree 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great-grandparents: Smallmouth and Greypebble<br> Grandparents: Sneakshadow (sister: Waterripple) and Fearfur<br> Parents: Myntlight and Revenge<br> Sisters: Ripplepond, Lightshadow<br> Brother: Vapoursecret<br> Half-sisters: Quailtiger, Splashrapture, Sunsetkiss, Frostedend<br> Half-brothers: Walkinggrenade, Sorrelpower, Vixensmoke<br> Uncles: Deimos (Striking), Valourmask//Envy, Fallenangel, Stealthshadow<br> Aunt: Prismshield<br> Striking's kits (not including halfsiblings): Daquine, Requiem, Ghashene, Steelrevenge, Cranestrike, Owlcry, Lightbeam, Darkskull, Phantomkit, Bountykit, Crowkit, Silverkit, Firepaw, Blossomkit, Deathkit, Sleekkit, Sleetshard, Emberclaw, Sparkkit, Windpaw, Silverkit, Silverykit, Envykit, Despotickit, Strikekit, Metalkit, Stolen, Stolenkit, Winterkit, Willow, Enderkit, Coalkit, Snowkit, Whitekit, Dragonkit, Glowkit, Neonkit, Amberkit, Safarikit, Sweetkit, Vinekit, Stealkit, Quailkit, Dreamlesskit, Maylaykit, Azurekit, Koikit, Nightingalekit, Aspenrage<br> Steathshadow's kits: Rainpaw, Brackenpaw, Arcticpaw, Ashenpaw<br> Valourmask's//Envy's kits: Challengerkit, Bellowkit, Rustykit, Valiantkit, Flame<br> Prismshield's kits: Dreamlesskit-Nightingalekit from above<br> Sunsetkiss' kits: Revkit, Starburstkit, Neverlightkit, Everfallkit<br> Cranestrike, Sleetshard, and Aspenrage have kits, but either I don't know all the names or don't feel like reposting the names, or both<br> Waterripple's kits: Celestialangel, Mysticsoul, Starrylight, Angellife, Brambleclaw, Rowanwing, Cloverleaf<br> Celestialangel's kits: Challengerkit-Valiantkit listed above<p> Couragestar, keep in mind that you brought this upon yourself. I am not done. The most confusing part is at the next result, while Jadestone's and Shadowkissed's are at result one. This next part no one is aware of yet but it still exists so I gotta mention it. Many of the above were of BloodClan. A few are now at RogueClan. The majority I refuse to rp and about ten a couple others rp. Only three (Light, Vapour, & Mynt), once four (Ripple), are of AshClan. Now, please read part two. Merci.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok. Imma do this like Couragestar did, with Cloudbeauty here, and the others in the next 3 results... <p> Grandmother: Frostedwolf <br> Grandfather: Bravecloud <br> Mother: Glittershine <br> Father: Nightclaw <br> Uncle: Dragon <br> Aunt: Jayfeather <br> Mate: Nightshadow <br> Cousins: Couragestar and Nightshadow <br> Siblings: Bravepaw(dead), Nightpaw(dead), Wolfscar(dead), Foxhunter(MIA), and Midnight(ran away to bloodclan) <br> Kits: Glitterlight, Frostedflower, Fawnstep, Foxpower, and Stormrider <br> Grandkits: Orionkit( &male ), Bearkit( &male ), and Acornkit( &female ) [Glitterlight's litter]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The medicine cat came in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MOVE TO branch FIRST FEW RESULTS!!! THATS NEW CAMP!!! Barkstar
charro123 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy sharing this book with my grandchildren. It is clever and interesting for adults as well as little ones. I gave this book as an adult gift to a person who is a cat advocate. We often read it several times in one sitting. I first heard this book read at a library story time, and I knew I had to own it! I will be checking to see if these authors have other books.
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