The Christmas Cats

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"Elizabeth Ann and Miss Mollie plan an elegant Christmas tea, but their eight restless cats break free and crash the festivities to the delight of their guests in Nancy K. Wallace's charming and amusing tale."
-RoseMary Honnold, editor in chief, VOYA

In a house trimmed with holly, two sisters prepare for their annual Christmas party. But their eight rowdy cats cannot attend this festive fete, so the sisters safely stash them upstairs with some food.

After the guests arrive, the ...

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Overview

"Elizabeth Ann and Miss Mollie plan an elegant Christmas tea, but their eight restless cats break free and crash the festivities to the delight of their guests in Nancy K. Wallace's charming and amusing tale."
-RoseMary Honnold, editor in chief, VOYA

In a house trimmed with holly, two sisters prepare for their annual Christmas party. But their eight rowdy cats cannot attend this festive fete, so the sisters safely stash them upstairs with some food.

After the guests arrive, the aroma of delicious treats and the sound of laughter begin to waft through the house, and the felines become restless. They decide that it's time to break loose! When they paw at the latch and jiggle the doorknob, the cats finally escape and crash the party.

The bright illustrations of this festive book capture the cat-filled chaos that follows.

Nancy K. Wallace is the youth services coordinator for the Ellwood City Area Public Library, where she helped establish the annual Ellwood City Storytelling Festival. In addition to reviewing young adult fantasy and nonfiction for VOYA magazine, she has contributed articles to such publications as LibrarySparks and Highlights High Five.

Under Wallace's direction, her library received five Best Practice Awards from the Pennsylvania Library Association, which honors excellence in library early learning programming, and a David J. Roberts EXCEL Library Service Award. She earned a BA in English literature from Maryville College and her library certification from Northampton College. Wallace lives in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania.

Cathren Housley is an artist whose work includes illustration, fine arts, and sculpture. In addition to teaching art at museums, she created a line of inspirational jewelry, which includes the best-selling "Blessing Pin." Housley is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in children's book illustration and a recipient of a Silver Mom's Choice Award. She lives in East Providence, Rhode Island.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Two sisters have invited three friends to Christmas tea, but their eight cats crash the festivities and wreak havoc on the lovely, civilized affair. Fortunately, the guests are soon charmed by the adorable terrors. Only the most fanatical cat lovers will be able to overlook the awkwardly rhymed narrative and amateurish illustrations.—Virginia Walter, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Kirkus Reviews

Eight cats crash a Christmas tea party in this rhyming holiday story that tries hard to be funny and charming but misses the mark by more than a whisker.

Elizabeth Ann and her sister Mollie live in a Victorian house with their mother and their collection of cats of different colors and personalities. The girls are planning their annual dress-up tea party, but the cats are not invited; they are banished to an upstairs bedroom with treats to keep them busy. The clever cats escape, charge downstairs and into the party scene, causing a ruckus. They leap onto the tea table, spilling milk, flinging food and helping themselves to sandwiches and drinks. The subdued girls pet the now-exhausted cats, and the story concludes with the guests declaring they rather liked the feline frenzy. The rhyming text plods along in sing-song fashion with several clunky near-rhymes that fall flat and lines that don't scan well. Some of the illustrations of the cats are comical, but the girls look like paper dolls—and sad paper dolls at that.

The premise of cats running amok at a tea party has the potential for humor, but neither the writer nor the illustrator can pull this off.(Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589809796
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,383,332
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy K. Wallace is the youth services coordinator for the Ellwood City Area Public Library. In addition to reviewing books for VOYA magazine, she has contributed articles to such publications as LibrarySparks and Highlights High Five. Under Wallace's direction, her library received five Best Practice Awards from the Pennsylvania Library Association, which honors excellence in library early learning programming. She earned a BA in English literature from Maryville College and her library certification from Northampton College. Wallace lives in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania.

Cathren Housley is an artist whose work includes illustration, fine arts, and sculpture. In addition to teaching art at museums, she created a line of inspirational jewelry. Housley is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in children's book illustration and a recipient of a Silver Mom's Choice Award. She lives in East Providence, Rhode Island.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

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    Playful kitties make for a delightful Christmas tale

    In a cozy house, surrounded by snow and trimmed in holly, live Elizabeth Ann and Mollie. They are the proud owners of a wonderful group of cats, from Darwin the fluffy to Dorrie the crabby. With Christmas just around the corner, Mother has baked all sorts of yummy treats and the girls have invited their friends over for a holiday tea party. The girls know that a fancy tea party is no place for playful cats so the kitties are put in a room upstairs with their own treats. Curious kitties seldom do what they are told and in this charming Christmas tale, the felines turn the tables on the girls as they escape from their confinement and head right for the beautifully decorated table, full of goodies: Phoebe pounced on the table and scattered the holly./Dexter dived for a sandwich and crashed into Mollie./Olivia leaped for the bright chandelier/And landed instead in Elizabeth's hair./ This Christmas tale of mischievous kitties run amok is absolutely delightful! Told in rhyme, it is brightly illustrated and the drawings of the cats getting into trouble are sure to become favorites. As a mess is made, cats prance on food and the girls look on in horror, young readers will giggle in glee. With a very happy ending and a flood of cats throughout, children will be asking for this Christmas tale every night at bedtime! Quill says: With lovely drawings, a sweet and funny story, and cats a plenty, The Christmas Cats is sure to become a favorite bedtime story for the holiday season.

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