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Ginger and the Mystery Visitor
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Ginger and the Mystery Visitor

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by Charlotte Voake
 

Ginger and the resident kitten are annoyed by a pushy feline who sneaks in and eats their food. Can the girl find a way to solve the mystery?

It’s a wonderful arrangement: Ginger, the kitten, and the girl who looks after them. Until a spy appears at the window, and even shows up one day in the kitchen licking their bowls! The girl is curious as

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Ginger and the resident kitten are annoyed by a pushy feline who sneaks in and eats their food. Can the girl find a way to solve the mystery?

It’s a wonderful arrangement: Ginger, the kitten, and the girl who looks after them. Until a spy appears at the window, and even shows up one day in the kitchen licking their bowls! The girl is curious as to where the large and seemingly hungry feline comes from. But when she ties a note to his collar asking, "Do I belong to anyone?", she gets a surprising response that will tickle anyone who knows cats. With spare, expressive illustrations capturing the animals’ body language to a T, here is a charming read-aloud treat for animal lovers and children who like a gentle taste of intrigue.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Ginger, the cat heroine of Ginger and Ginger Finds a Home, along with her kitten companion, is well cared for by their young owner. One day they notice another cat watching them through the window. Another day they catch him in the kitchen licking their bowls. He starts coming in whenever the door is open, even sleeping on the bed. The little girl, wondering about him, ties a note around his neck that asks, "Do I belong to anyone?" And although he returns looking hungry, a new note on the ribbon says that his name is Tiddles and he has a good home. They should not feed him, since he is getting fat. So despite his efforts, the girl will not let him in or feed him. But soon they see him, often "up to his old tricks." The large print should encourage beginning readers to enjoy this story of a typical cat. Voake keeps the ink and watercolor illustrations lively and simple, with the barest of props, focusing on the appealing felines with the infrequent appearance of their mistress. Do not miss the fun on the end pages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The star of Ginger (1997) and Ginger Finds a Home (2003, both Candlewick) is back in another quietly stated and amusing story. A mystery cat has been visiting Ginger and the resident kitten, and it isn't long before he stays for dinner. Although annoyed at the stranger's cheek, the felines seem at a loss to prevent him from not only eating their food, but also from making himself quite at home. It's up to their little girl to establish if the mystery animal has a home at all. When she sends him off with a note attached to a ribbon around his neck, the response she receives puts everything into perspective. The cat's name is Tiddles, and he has been caught double-dipping. Exposed and chastised, he eventually moves on to new free lunches, but his familiar presence in the neighborhood continues to interest Ginger and the kitten. Although the scoundrel's bottomless appetite is the humorous heart of the book, this is a story about security and care. The book starts with the statement that Ginger and the kitten are lucky because they have a little girl who takes "very good care of them," and finishes with Tiddles headed toward his own dinner "waiting for him at HOME!" Children will laugh at the rascal's bold antics while enjoying the safe feeling the story creates. The minimalist yet highly expressive watercolor and ink illustrations are set against white pages, keeping the focus on the characters. This is a gentle book to share either in a group setting or, especially, one-on-one.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763648657
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/10/2010
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Charlotte Voake is the author-illustrator of GINGER and GINGER FINDS A HOME as well as many other award-winning picture books, including HELLO TWINS. She is also the illustrator of Steve Voake’s INSECT DETECTIVES and Vivian French’s CATERPILLAR, CATERPILLAR. She lives in Surrey, England.

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GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Who could resist Ginger, the title character or the book? Ginger is a contented cat. She has a nice home, a thoughtful little girl who takes care of her and the small kitten who lives with them. Both felines especially look forward to breakfast, but one morning they were surprised to see someone watching them through the window. "I wonder who that is, said the little girl, but nobody knew." Now this wasn't just an ordinary cat looking through the window, but a very audacious one. It wasn't long before the unknown visitor was found in the kitchen licking out Ginger and the kitten's bowls. As if that weren't intrusion enough he even found a comfortable spot for himself on the bed. The little girl decided the solution was to tie a note around his neck reading "Do I belong to anyone?" That turned out to be a very good idea as the note was answered. Young readers will be surprised to discover the identity of the visitor and just how clever he can be. Charlotte Voake has written and illustrated two other books about Ginger and the kitten - all are recommended. - Gail Cooke