Cat, You Better Come Home

Cat, You Better Come Home

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by Garrison Keillor, Steve Johnson, Lou Fancher
     
 

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Tired of plain old cat food, Puff leaves home, headed for Europe and the jet-set life, living it up on beaches in Greece and in villas in France-until the day disaster strikes. Then it's scratch, scratch, scratch on the windowsill . . . Garrison Keillor's wit and style enliven this fable based on one of his popular "Cat Songs."See more details below

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Tired of plain old cat food, Puff leaves home, headed for Europe and the jet-set life, living it up on beaches in Greece and in villas in France-until the day disaster strikes. Then it's scratch, scratch, scratch on the windowsill . . . Garrison Keillor's wit and style enliven this fable based on one of his popular "Cat Songs."

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Children's Literature - Dawna Lisa Buchanan
As fond as I am of Garrison Keillor, this story, like many "celebrity" books for children, fails to hit the mark. Puff the cat takes umbrage when she notices that her owner serves great food to human guests, but she is not even offered "the liver pate!" Written in verse with somewhat shaky scansion, the refrain is taken from the title, and when Puff runs away, her owner repeatedly longs for her to come home. She has a considerable number of improbable adventures, becoming a cat model in Greece where she lives in a "ten-room manse" and speaks to people in a "European purr!" We follow her to Valenciennes, then Copenhagen, where she purchases outlandish amounts of jewelry and finally buys a yacht. Champagne is involved. When the boat sinks, her hangers-on and on-lookers assume she is "deceased" and hang out a sign that reads "Requiescat pacem." Eventually, overweight and rueful, she returns home, where she is warmly greeted (and put on a strict diet). The story concludes with this rather confusing moral: "If other cats could only know to hang their hats on the status quo, And make the best of what they've got, And be who you are and not what you're not. For the very worst thing a cat can do is to make all its dreams come true. So cats, you better come home. You can seek your fortune, but nevertheless, Remember your name and your address, because someday you'll need to come home." Surrealistic and richly colored oil paintings do add appeal to the book, interspersed with Seuss-like cartoon sketches. This book might appeal to certain readers, especially those in search of unusual words and premises, but it's not likely to be a favorite of many children. Reviewer: Dawna Lisa Buchanan
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
What happens to an uppity cat when she gets a taste of the ``good life''? When Keillor does the spinning, the tale takes a slyly farcical turn, like the best of his Prairie Home Companion radio skits. Bouncy, syncopated verse (adapted from one of Keillor's folksongs) tells of Puff's rise and fall as ``the Number One TV cat-food queen'' at the same time that it wryly mocks the one-sided relationship between haughty feline and supplicating owner. Feeling underappreciated, Puff departs in a huff to seek her fortune, leaving the despondent narrator wailing, ``CAT, YOU BETTER COME HOME.'' Johnson and Fancher, who previously collaborated on Jon Scieszka's The Frog Prince, Continued, play up the details of Puff's transformation. She is all Hollywood feline femme-fatale, stretched out on a divan in a mink boa, or surrounded by her entourage (``A swimming instructor, and a butler named Bruce/ And a ballet coach, and a German masseuse''-the swimming teacher is a be-goggled octopus, while the butler is a formally attired bloodhound bearing a bowl of goldfish atop a silver tray). The rich, honey-toned paintings accentuate the humor with slightly skewed perspectives; intermittent blocks of text are decorated with cartoonish sketches. Young readers may miss some of the references in the text and the art, but ailurophiles will rejoice. All ages. (May)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670012770
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
11/11/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
583,951
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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