Cool Cat, Hot Dog

Cool Cat, Hot Dog

by Sandy Turner
     
 

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I meow.

I bark.

I've got claws.

I've got paws.

I chase leaves.

I chase thieves.

It's the battle of the breeds when the family cat and dog start to spat over who is the superior animal. Like sparring siblings, when Cat says he's got fleas, Dog insists that his are itchier. If Cat is crafty, Dog is cunning. Cat can play the fiddle? Well, Dog can

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Overview

I meow.

I bark.

I've got claws.

I've got paws.

I chase leaves.

I chase thieves.

It's the battle of the breeds when the family cat and dog start to spat over who is the superior animal. Like sparring siblings, when Cat says he's got fleas, Dog insists that his are itchier. If Cat is crafty, Dog is cunning. Cat can play the fiddle? Well, Dog can howl at the moon. Is there anything they both can agree on?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Definitely a book to return to several times."

School Library Journal, starred review

"A special book, refreshingly unconventional, stylish, and slightly mad."

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Publishers Weekly
Throughout this book of crafty collages, illustrated in speckled earth-tone papers with subtle pencil lines and multimedia details, a cat and dog trade self-descriptions. "I've got scratchy claws," says a calico with a black mask and white chin, making stripes down the back of a chair. "I've got padded paws," counters an Airedale-like pooch with a tawny face and perky ears, holding up a real pawprint inked on cut paper. Their characteristic attitudes help explain the title: "I meow. I'm cool," Cat says, sitting calmly. "I prefer to bark. I'm hot," says Dog, straining at a red leash and filling a voice bubble with scribbled growls. Turner (Otto's Trunk) places Cat on the left-hand side of each spread and Dog on the right. The animals contrast their different features and personalities ("My tongue is rough..../ My tongue is smooth..../ I'm mysterious..../ I'm man's best friend"), and humor peppers the pairings ("I chase leaves./ I chase thieves"). But in the final spreads the two sniff the air and say in unison, "Hey, let's get fed!" As they loll on a black-and-white checkerboard floor and linoleum-look marbleized surface, they reveal that despite their quibbles they do have appetites (and a home) in common. There's something for cat fanciers and dog groupies alike here, and Turner's casual, artfully composed piecework imagery rewards close inspection. Ages 3-7. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Turner's engaging collage art, with its rough textures, unfinished edges, and subdued yet lively color scheme, presents the real truth about felines and canines. The simple text told in alternating voices ("I chase leaves./I chase thieves") is at best secondary to the images of Cat and Dog romping, scratching, and playing across each spread. Pieced together with cardboard, their moveable limbs affixed with brass fasteners, both creatures are surprisingly expressive considering the simplicity of their designs. Humorous touches include a cross-section of Dog's stomach contents that displays all the nonfood items he ingests in a day, cartoon thought-bubbles that show him thinking in black and white, and his awkward confinement inside a lampshade collar. Patterns for making Cat and Dog are printed inside the dust jacket, a bonus that vanishes inside standard library processing. Purchase this one mainly for the high interest and appeal of its distinguished artwork.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A cat and a dog face off, each trying to one-up the other as it describes its own unique attributes. Each double-page spread features the cat's contribution on verso, the dog's on recto, as things escalate. Cat: "I scratch. I do as I want." Dog: "I fetch. I do as I'm told." Cat: I've got fleas." Dog: "Mine are itchier." Turner employs a mostly muted palette, mixed-media collages mostly in tans and blacks. Both cat and dog are created using textured papers and brass paper-fasteners at the joints, resulting in a deceptively simple, childlike appearance. But there's nothing simple about the sophistication of the compositions, which either oppose or interact in deliciously clever ways. When the cat says, "I'm mysterious. I've an independent nature," and the dog responds with "I'm man's best friend. I'm the leader of the pack," the reader sees the animals' hapless owner thrown entirely off-balance as the dog-not even pictured on the page-hauls him off to the right, while the cat's tail slinks out the cat door on the left. A supper truce can only suspend, never end, the eternal competition. Good fun. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442421899
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/30/2010
Pages:
44
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Sandy Turner has both a cool cat and a hot dog. His books include Silent Night, which won the BolognaRagazzi Award at the Bologna Children's Book Fair in 2002, and Otto's Trunk, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book. He also does bits of art for the New Yorker and other glossy magazines under the name David Hughes. He lives in Cheshire, England.

Sandy Turner has both a cool cat and a hot dog. His books include Silent Night, which won the BolognaRagazzi Award at the Bologna Children's Book Fair in 2002, and Otto's Trunk, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book. He also does bits of art for the New Yorker and other glossy magazines under the name David Hughes. He lives in Cheshire, England.

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