Dolores Meets Her Match

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Dolores is the cat expert, always bragging about her cat, Duncan. But when Hillary arrives on the scene, proud owner of Harold, a Siamese kitten from a family of prize-winning show cats who has seven different ways of saying meow, Dolores knows she's in trouble. How can Duncan compete? Even though her older sister, Faye, advises, "Just let Duncan be Duncan," Dolores is determined to whip Duncan into shape. But when things fall apart during a hilarious Pet Day fiasco, it's chubby, nap-prone Duncan who saves the ...

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Overview

Dolores is the cat expert, always bragging about her cat, Duncan. But when Hillary arrives on the scene, proud owner of Harold, a Siamese kitten from a family of prize-winning show cats who has seven different ways of saying meow, Dolores knows she's in trouble. How can Duncan compete? Even though her older sister, Faye, advises, "Just let Duncan be Duncan," Dolores is determined to whip Duncan into shape. But when things fall apart during a hilarious Pet Day fiasco, it's chubby, nap-prone Duncan who saves the day—and Harold—just by being himself.

Droll pictures will have cat lovers of all ages laughing out loud as Dolores's latest escapade playfully explores the pitfalls of competition and the value of accepting oneself—and others.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Details in the charming illustrations enliven the characters, both female and feline."—Kirkus Reviews

"Any child who has experienced a schoolyard rivalry will appreciate the tale’s exaggerated dimensions, especially as expressed in Samuels’ characteristically gag-rich artwork." —Booklist

"Samuels takes the routine picture-book motifs of jealousy and rivalry and dresses them to the nines in idiosyncrasies and details" The Horn Book

Children's Literature
Delores dazzles her classmates with the exploits of her beloved cat Duncan, and she offers free advice about the care and nurturing of cats. Delores is the undisputed expert on cats--until a new girl joins the class. Hillary’s cat Harold is a pedigreed Siamese kitten, whereas Duncan is brave, kind, and helpful; Harold is distinguished, elegant, and verbose (saying “meow” in seven different ways). Delores is devastated as she begins frantic preparations for the class pet show. She ignores her older sister’s wise advice, “Just let Duncan be Duncan.” Hillary shows up for the pet show with a huge paper-Mache maze in the shape of an ancient tomb. Chaos erupts when she blows her whistle as a signal for Harold to emerge from the maze. All of the pets panic, except Duncan. Duncan saves the day by doing what he does best--sleeping. The large colorful illustrations stand out on white backgrounds, adding to the delight and humor of the story. Sure to be a hit for story time. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2 The strengths of Samuels's books about Dolores, beginning with Faye and Dolores (Farrar, 1985), are the truthfulness and humor in the depiction of relationships. And the family cat has played a major role since his introduction in Dolores and Duncan (Farrar, 1986). This time there's a new girl in town, Hillary, owner of a pedigreed Siamese, Harold, who has seven different ways of saying "meow." Dolores, the established cat expert, now faces a challenge. Despite elder sister Faye's sage advice to "let Duncan be Duncan," she can't help making comparisons. It all comes to a head on Pet Day at school, and despite Dolores's inability to come up with a trick for Duncan to perform, he manages to save the day-and Harold-just by being himself. In a predictable but satisfying ending, the cat-loving girls realize that they are kindred spirits. Samuels's bright-colored cartoon illustrations are appealing. There are clever design elements, such as the different typefaces for Harold's various ways of saying meow, making it look as if he speaks seven languages. A fun addition to Dolores's repertoire.-Robin L. Gibson, Granville Parent Cooperative Preschool, OH

Kirkus Reviews
In a return engagement, Dolores and her amazing and talented-at-napping cat, Duncan, may indeed have met their match. As a known cat expert, Dolores's dramatic show-and-tells in class demonstrate how brave, kind and helpful Duncan is. That is, until a new girl arrives and boasts about her Siamese kitten that has a pedigree, can meow seven different ways and is slender and elegant. Can Hillary and Harold outshine Dolores and Duncan on Pet Day? Can a diet slim down Duncan? Will Hillary's papier-mache maze of King Tut's tomb catapult Harold to number one? Can two cats and two competitors become friends? Details in the charming illustrations enliven the characters, both female and feline, e.g. Dolores's accessories of cat umbrella, leopard boots and cat purse. There's no pussyfooting here, just fun (and hopefully more tales to come). (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374317584
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Dolores Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

BARBARA SAMUELS's previous Dolores books include Happy Valentine's Day, Dolores, which received starred reviews in Booklist and School Library Journal, and Dolores on Her Toes, a Booklist Editors' Choice. She lives in New York City.

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