Comet's Nine Lives

Comet's Nine Lives

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by Jan Brett
     
 

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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?

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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."
-Booklist

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
From the Publisher
“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.”
—Booklist

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399229312
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
337,367
Product dimensions:
9.06(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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From the Publisher
“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.”
Booklist

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