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Tomi Ungerer's first new children's picture book in over 20 years. To their surprise, a cat couple's first offspring turns out to be a puppy, instead of a kitten.

Flix, a dog born to cat parents, finds himself able to exist in two cultures, marries a cat, and campaigns for mutual respect between cats and dogs.

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First Printing of First American Edition. Glossy pictorial boards. Faint erasure mark on front end paper, else Fine in Near Fine unclipped jacket. In " ''Flix'' a happily married ... cat couple are expecting a baby. Noticeably pregnant (or, as Ungerer says, ''profusely bulging''), the wife is ''seized by contractions'' and driven to the hospital. And there she gives birth to . . . a dog " -- Jane Yolen -- New York Times. Read more Show Less

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First Printing of First American Edition. Glossy pictorial boards. Fine in Near Fine unclipped jacket. In " ''Flix'' a happily married cat couple are expecting a baby. Noticeably ... pregnant (or, as Ungerer says, ''profusely bulging''), the wife is ''seized by contractions'' and driven to the hospital. And there she gives birth to . . . a dog " -- Jane Yolen -- New York Times. Read more Show Less

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First Printing of First American Edition. Glossy pictorial boards. Fine in Near Fine unclipped jacket. In " ''Flix'' a happily married cat couple are expecting a baby. Noticeably ... pregnant (or, as Ungerer says, ''profusely bulging''), the wife is ''seized by contractions'' and driven to the hospital. And there she gives birth to . . . a dog " -- Jane Yolen -- New York Times. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Tomi Ungerer's first new children's picture book in over 20 years. To their surprise, a cat couple's first offspring turns out to be a puppy, instead of a kitten.

Flix, a dog born to cat parents, finds himself able to exist in two cultures, marries a cat, and campaigns for mutual respect between cats and dogs.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Ungerer's ("Crictor"; "Moon Man") first children's book in 25 years, a delightfully witty and lighthearted look at race relations, a cat couple is startled to discover that their newborn is a dog. (This "genetic mishap" is traced to a great-grandmother's secret marriage to a pug.) The doting parents bring up squat, jowly, wrinkly-faced Flix to climb trees and eat fried mice and pickled canaries. Under the tutelage of his basset hound godfather, the pup also learns pride in his canine heritage and masters the dog language. Flix's combined talents win him the respect of both communities, the love of a French exchange-student poodle and eventually a career in politics, in which he campaigns to end cat-dog segregation. Ungerer celebrates the versatility and perspective Flix gains from his mixed ancestry while still acknowledging the hardship of not fitting in. His lively illustrations, which feature highly expressive and individualized faces, are more supple and playful than in earlier books. The accomplished artwork brims with funny touches such as a rat-crossing sign in Cattown (speed up!) and a monument to Laika (the first dog to orbit in space) in Dogtown; more pointed details include the no-dogs-allowed sign in a posh Cattown restaurant. Ungerer's return to the field will be welcomed by all who discover this charming addition to his oeuvre, but will be especially appreciated by children growing up in more than one cultural tradition. FYI: Tomi Ungerer's "The Three Robbers", "Moon Man" and "No Kiss for Mother" are being reissued in paperback.
Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
Mr. and Mrs. Zeno Krail are a happily married cat couple. Mrs. Krail announces to her husband that they are going to have a baby. A baby boy arrives but it is a dog. How could this happen? A genetic mishap? Mr. Krail admits that years ago, it was reputed, that his grandmother was secretly married to a pug. Now generations later a baby pug shows up. There were all kinds of concerns. What will the neighbors say? How will other cat children treat Flix? How will he fit in at school? With guidance from his godfather, a basset friend from Dog City, Flix grows up, goes to dog high school and then on to dog college. While at college, he heroically saves Mirzah de la Flourriere, a French exchange student. They eventually marry and have a baby girl kitten. This is a good introduction or reinforcement about accepting diversity.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-In this waggish tale about surprise offspring uniting a divided community, a veteran author disguises serious themes-but not too deeply for young readers to unmask them. Zeno and Colza Krall, two staid, comfortable cats, are stunned when Colza gives birth to a pug ("GENES AMOK" screams a headline), but they raise young Flix lovingly, with the assistance of a canine godfather. Growing up able to speak both dog (with a cat accent) and cat (with a dog accent), Flix becomes a popular student at Dogtown's Pluto High and, after he rescues a drowning cat, he is also respected in Cattown. Later he marries a poodle, makes a living selling rat traps in Dogtown and their "baited proceeds" to Cattown butchers, then goes into politics, establishing a coalition party and becoming the first ever Lord Mayor of both towns. Ungerer clothes portly cats and dogs in formal, antique attire and deftly inserts visual jokes-a flop-eared statue of St. Bernard, an attractively arranged dish of rat hindquarters in a fine Cattown restaurant-into his freely drawn watercolors. At the end, Flix and his wife Mirzah close the circle with a feline firstborn, a symbol of the bridge that has been built between previously antagonistic cultures.-John Peters, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570981616
  • Publisher: Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.17 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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