Celebrity Cat: With Paintings from Art Galleries Around the World
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Celebrity Cat: With Paintings from Art Galleries Around the World

by Meredith Hooper, Bee Willey
     
 

It’s visiting night for kitties at the art gallery, and cats have come from all over town. They like paintings, but most of all, they like paintings with cats in them. Alas, there are very few. Then the very talented Felissima Cat steps in. Felissima is sure that something is missing from some very famous works of art. Taking matters into her own paws, she

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It’s visiting night for kitties at the art gallery, and cats have come from all over town. They like paintings, but most of all, they like paintings with cats in them. Alas, there are very few. Then the very talented Felissima Cat steps in. Felissima is sure that something is missing from some very famous works of art. Taking matters into her own paws, she sets out to remedy the situation. Felissima’s gloriously funny, feline-centric reworkings of famous paintings are shown alongside the original masterpieces, delighting cat lovers and art fans of all ages.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Imagine, along with the author and illustrator, a "Cats' Visiting Night" at the art gallery. There the cats are examining the paintings, annoyed that few, if any, are of cats. Felissima Cat searches famous paintings for cats in vain, then goes home to paint. At the next Cats' Visiting Night, Felissima unveils her versions of the famous works complete with cat. From there she travels to museums in New York, Madrid, and Paris. Everywhere she adds cats to well-known paintings, and is celebrated by the local feline population. Back home in London, when the cats gather to see her newest works, they are surprised to see nothing there. For Felissima has realized that cats are not in paintings because they have chosen not to be. "We cats go where we want to go," she notes, as any cat owner cat testify. The double page scenes of this sly fun are, of course, loaded with cats of assorted types and colors, where our white heroine stands out. Willey also shows before and after examples of Felissima's art: a Bruegel harvest, "Las Meninas," "Mona Lisa." There are scenes of Paris and London along with the interior of Felissima's studio. The almost slick images, which both inform and amuse, are created with pencil, oil pastels, acrylic, and Photoshop. Six of the actual paintings in the story are reproduced in small size, with brief information, and encouragement to seek out cats wherever they may or may not choose to be, in whatever museum you explore.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Felissima Cat, an artist, and her fellow London felines take a nocturnal visit to an art gallery and discover a paucity of cats in famous paintings. Returning to her studio, she repaints Van Gogh's Chair, de Hooch's The Courtyard of a House in Delft, and Rousseau's Tiger in a Tropical Storm (Surprised!), adding the "missing" cats. Her friends are pleased and applaud her improvements, and Felissima soon becomes a celebrity. She travels to other great museums of Europe and repaints more works, including the Mona Lisa. As her fame grows, she misses her privacy and she begins to think about why cats weren't in the original works. She realizes that the independent creatures have "CHOSEN NOT TO BE IN THEM." Felissima explains this to her fans and goes back to her London studio to work on her self-portrait. The text is sophisticated and artsy, yet easy to understand. Well-chosen words and smooth pacing follow the feline's travels, thoughts, and feelings. Done in a combination of pencil, oil pastels, acrylics, and Photoshop 7, the illustrations create a unique artistic atmosphere for this adventure. Bright colors and smooth surfaces give a luminescence to the pages as the cats creep through the streets of London and Felissima looks out over Paris from a rooftop. Photographically designed city skylines, museum interiors, and paintings fit smoothly with the manually created elements. Cool cats and artists will certainly appreciate this tale. The writing style and vibrant illustrations work well for individual reads and group presentations.-Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When all the city cats gather for Cats' Visiting Night at the Art Gallery, they are dismayed to see that so few paintings include felines. So Felissima Cat takes paintbrush in paw and adds them to six masterpieces in the art museums of London, Madrid, New York and Paris. For example, the reason the Mona Lisa is smiling is because she's holding a cat (now we know). The last spread reproduces the paintings and identifies the artists and the museums where they hang. As art appreciation, the device is original and the painting images accurate, but the illustrations of the cats are eerie. They are not cute, furry kitties, but appear somewhat menacing with sinister eyes that are more human than feline. The stylized illustrations in pencil, oil pastels and acrylics add unusual details and cleverly position the added cats into the artwork. Akin to Hooper's Dogs' Night, illustrated by Mark Burgess (2000), featuring four masterpieces in the National Gallery in London. (Picture book. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845072902
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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