The Fat-Cats at Sea

The Fat-Cats at Sea

by J. Patrick Lewis

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In rollicking poems matched with devilishly droll art, six well-fed felines set sail on The Frisky Dog under orders from Her Majesty, the Queen of Catmandoo, to bring back the incomparable sticky buns that grow wild on the isle of Sticky-Goo. Their voyage is marked by the sorts of adventures that are practically de rigeur for any tale of the high seas: they are visited by terrible homesickness (``The Homesick Song of Rotten Stew''), meet up with a hostile vessel (``Attack on the Poodles'') and wash up on the shores of a lotus-like paradise (``On the Nowhere Isles'') before returning home with their bounty, the ``yeasty gold'' their sovereign craves. Lewis and Chess, creators of A Hippopotamusn't, have produced another first-class book of children's verse. The jaunty rhythms and smooth, impeccable rhymes flow effortlessly, employing a highly appealing blend of downright silliness and a more sophisticated cleverness (the subjects of ``An Octopus He and She'' bob off ``arm in arm.../ in arm.../ in arm...''). And Chess's sailor-suited Fat-Cats are a treat: satisfyingly pudgy and comically expressive, whether they are coloring in their navigational maps or howling for their mums to the cat-in-the-moon, they are an indispensible element of the journey's great allure. Ages 4-9. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Twelve nonsense poems tell of a mission undertaken by a group of seaworthy cats. Commissioned by the Queen of Catmandoo, they set off for distant shores on their ship, The Frisky Dog, in search of sticky-buns. Soon a thunderstorm sends the navigator cowering under his covers, while another mate wallows in homesickness. Finally, the Island of Goo is sighted, with its cinnamon sand, almond bushes, doughnut trees, and icing running down to caramel seas. Fourteen tons of sticky-buns are loaded on board. When the crew encounters an enemy ship of ``...Poodles in pearls,/Sailing about with the wind in their curls,'' the gunner fires cannons filled with candies at the dogs, who soon retreat licking their wounds. Finally, after a detour to the Nowhere Isles, the cats arrive home, where they are all dubbed Fat-Cat Knights. Appropriately ludicrous, full-color illustrations of the felines and their misdeeds accompany this nonsensical tale of misadventure. For those who like outlandish humor, this story in verse might be right on target.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY

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Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
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4 - 8 Years

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