Cleo and Caspar

Cleo and Caspar

by Stella Blackstone, Caroline Mockford

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Children's Literature
Cleo the cat makes her displeasure known when her world is invaded by a new inhabitant, Caspar, in this installment of the "Cleo" series. The classic cat versus dog conflict unfolds as Cleo wakes up and immediately knows something�someone?�is suspiciously different. Written in a very spare text with loose rhyme, young children can easily follow the story and will delight in "reading along" when Cleo says "No!" to her new situation. Cleo huffs off to sulk in a tree, but turns instantly agreeable when her owner comes to coax her back. Unfortunately, Cleo capitulates to her new arrangement so fast that the plot lacks even mild drama. The real heart of this story, however, is in the direct and charming illustrations, which embrace the story in ways the text does not. Vivid colors and black lines infuse personality not only into the breathing characters, but into inanimate objects, too. Also, there is a playful sense of proportion and an innovative use of page space throughout. This story could serve as a very simple introduction to sibling rivalry, but children will like paging through the book by themselves, just for the pictures. 2001, Barefoot Books,
— Diane Frook
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Cleo, a cat, meets, dislikes, and, of course, finally loves the new family dog. The brief text looks hand lettered and is easy to read: "Cleo, this is Caspar. Come and say hello." However, the plot is missing something. The feline runs up a tree and hides. The child tells her that Caspar is sleeping and immediately she comes down and tells the sleeping newcomer that he can stay. It's all a little too simplistic. The large, colorful acrylic illustrations of the orange cat and brown-and-white pup are attractive but can't redeem a facile story.-Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The striped kitten from Cleo the Cat and Come Here, Cleo! has a good life in her new home-at least until she has to share it with someone new. Waking up from a nap, Cleo decides to investigate the strange sounds downstairs only to find that a new resident has arrived: Caspar, an exuberant puppy. Frightened by his barking, Cleo runs outside and climbs into a tree to hide. Her owner coaxes her down while Caspar is sleeping and Cleo finds that maybe instead of an interloper, Caspar is a new friend. Short rhyming sentences with a bouncy rhythm make this a perfect read-aloud selection. "Cleo wakes, / Cleo winks. / Cleo yawns, / Cleo blinks." Bright acrylic paintings with boldly outlined shapes on oversized pages manage to convey emotion in child-friendly simplicity. Young readers will delight in Cleo's continuing adventures while recognizing a familiar situation. (Picture book. 3-5)

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9.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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