Grumpy Cat

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Once there was a cat who lived all alone.
He ate on his own. He slept on his own.
He spent every day alone.

 
Poor Cat! The other kitties never ask him to play. He just seems so? grumpy. Then, one night, in a terrible rainstorm, everything changes: Cat hears a plaintive ?meow? and finds a drenched little kitten taking shelter between his paws. And no matter what Grumpy ...
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Overview

Once there was a cat who lived all alone.
He ate on his own. He slept on his own.
He spent every day alone.

 
Poor Cat! The other kitties never ask him to play. He just seems so… grumpy. Then, one night, in a terrible rainstorm, everything changes: Cat hears a plaintive “meow” and finds a drenched little kitten taking shelter between his paws. And no matter what Grumpy Cat does, she's determined to stick by him. Endearing art, expressive characters, and gentle storytelling from Britta Teckentrup (Big Smelly Bear) send children the comforting message that there's a special friend for everyone.
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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1- Grumpy Cat isn't really grumpy-he's just lonely. He wants to make friends but doesn't know how. When he meets a lost, playful kitten, he almost misses his chance to befriend her by walking away. The kitten's cheerfulness almost comes to naught, until a near accident causes Grumpy Cat to save her. From there the path of true friendship runs smooth. This is a simple, familiar story greatly enhanced by bold, colorful illustrations on large areas of white space. Teckentrup creates remarkably expressive characters with a few select colors and, in particular, use of white space within the eyes. The uncluttered layout keeps readers focused on the interaction between the two cats so that even when they are small creatures in a big world, they are the center of attention. This is a winningly attractive book that will have broad appeal. Join it with Judith Byron Schachner's The Grannyman (Dutton, 1999) and Sam Lloyd's Mr. Pusskins (S & S, 2006) to celebrate feline friendship.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

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Not knowing how to make friends, Cat spends all of his time alone until a powerful thunderstorm deposits a bedraggled kitten at his feet. Using every beguiling behavior Kitten can muster, she single-mindedly pursues a friendship with the elder cat. Cat's best instincts rise to the fore when he rescues Kitten from a branch too slender to hold her weight. Cat cements their burgeoning relationship with a few reassuring licks and a fresh fish. "They had each found a friend. And Cat was never grumpy again. . . . / Well, almost never." Too predictable and sweet? No, because very young children facing a critical developmental task-being brave enough to make friends-should find this perfectly on target. The large trim size and the illustration's bold forms and vibrant colors make this perfect for group sharing. With luck, children will find the drama so engrossing that they will not notice the inconsistencies in Cat's facial markings: Sometimes Cat has four stripes on the right and three on the left and sometimes they are reversed. (Picture book. 2-4)
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“This more than satisfies the requirements for an outstanding . . . book for the youngest listeners. The characters are appealing, the story is short and linear, and the ending is warm and satisfactory. But the high point is the art; graphically inspired, textured. . . totally appealing.” —Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)
 
"...very young children facing a critical developmental task--being brave enough to make friends-should find this perfectly on target. . .  the illustration's bold forms and vibrant colors make this perfect for group sharing . . ." —Kirkus Reviews
 
"Teckentrup creates remarkably expressive characters . . . This is a winningly attractive book that will have broad appeal." —School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905417698
  • Publisher: Boxer Books
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Britta Teckentrup studied at St. Martin's College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. An internationally published author and illustrator, Britta lives and works in Berlin, Germany with her artist husband and young son.
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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    This Grumpy Cat will put a smile on your preschooler's face!

    My four-year-old daughter and I picked this book out together. She was a bit hesitant at first but I was immediately attracted to the paper cut-out style of illustration which I think is bold, simple and compelling. It didn't take long during the first reading for my little girl to fall in love with Grumpy Cat! I of course acted out the parts and she laughed at the over-sized artwork of G.C. The thing I think we both like the most about this story is arriving at an understanding of why some people (cats) APPEAR to be a certain way when it's just a mask for something else they are hiding ... their true nature. When I see kids being unkind, I like to tell my daughter that it's because they are sad deep down inside so this little life lesson is mirrored by Grumpy Cat and his apparent "desire" to be alone and grumpy. The touching ending and love conquers all story line is something all young children and the parents who are reading to them will enjoy and take with them long after the last page is turned.

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  • Posted November 12, 2008

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    Adorable with a great messsage!

    I picked up this book at work one day and I was immediately smitten! Grumpy cat seems like such a loner, doesn't really get to play with anyone, and is always on the sidelines...until one day a little kitten walks into Grumpy cat's life and changes everything. This book encourages readers to see beyond the exterior and shows that sometimes things aren't as they seem...and that grumpy individual may just be a little more lonely and aloof than he/she seems... This children's book also shows how special friendship is, and how perhaps there really is someone out there for everyone...

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