Comet's Nine Lives

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It all begins when Comet walks away from the lighthouse close to his birthplace on Nantucket Island. He visits a garden, a bookstore, a boat, and a party, and at each place he gets into trouble and loses one of his lives. Comet starts to ...
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It all begins when Comet walks away from the lighthouse close to his birthplace on Nantucket Island. He visits a garden, a bookstore, a boat, and a party, and at each place he gets into trouble and loses one of his lives. Comet starts to worry. He longs for a home, a place where he'll be safe. Will he find one before he uses up all nine lives?

"Brett's style is deliciously intricate and detailed. Charming."
-USA Today

"Brett's many avid fans are sure to love this book."
-School Library Journal

"As always, Brett captures the essence of her setting . . . in a luscious and loving tribute to New England."

Comet the cat uses up eight of his nine lives trying to find the right place to live on Nantucket Island.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Brett (The Mitten; Armadillo Rodeo), a Massachusetts resident, stays close to home with this latest book, setting it on Nantucket. Capturing the island's rustic charm, her characteristically bustling, elaborately bordered art showcases weathered shingle buildings, a gray-blue sea and shell-sprinkled beaches. Comet, the protagonist, appears to be just about the sole feline in a Nantucket otherwise populated by nattily dressed canines. In search of a homeas well as adventurethe roaming cat meets with peril. Snoozing in a bookstore, he is buried under a pile of books; taking a ride on a scallop boat, he's swept overboard by a huge wave; visiting an ice cream shop, he falls headfirst into a milkshake. Though some of these scenarios have comic potential, all eight of them prove fatal to poor Comet, whose ghostlike, winged image is in each case seen fleeing the scene. Brett, of course, makes it all better in the end; observant readers will have noticed that Comet isn't the island's only cat: side panels throughout show another cat in obvious search of a companion. Though not the author/artist's most finely wrought story, the book delivers a visual treat her fans (and Nantucket admirers) shouldn't miss. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Comet, a white cat with orange markings, goes through eight of his nine lives in one of Brett's more playful offerings. Readers will enjoy anticipating how Comet will lose his next life: eating foxglove, having a shoe thrown at him by a famous actress, falling into a tuba-these are just a few of the humorous demises he suffers (and he always manages to look catlike, dignified, and somewhat surprised that any of these disasters should be happening to him). The Nantucket setting is lovingly shown and expertly woven into every picture. Elaborate borders are fashioned with shells, wildflowers, and fishing line; the island is populated by dogs, all quite realistic looking and all wearing human clothes. Attentive children will enjoy poring over these detailed pictures and will feel satisfied by the conclusion, which has been nicely foreshadowed throughout. Brett's many avid fans are sure to love this book.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399229312
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 166,441
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.33 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Brett

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2001

    Jake's Review

    I think this was an excellent book! I purchased this book on Nantucket in the bookstore featured in the book. I gave this to a family friends' daughter, she too enjoyed the book. I have three cats at home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2001

    An Excellant Story

    Comet's Nine Lives is a wonderful book to young people. Comet almost spent all of his lives. If you like cats with adventures, then this a GOOD book for you!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2000

    It was a very funny and happy book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It is about a cat named Comet who get's in funny problems and loses her lives.My brother loved it!!So read it!!!!

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