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Horn BookPrimary, Intermediate
The essential cat, in all its haughty self-assurance, is brought to vivid life in this captivating volume that alternates haiku with longer, rhyming verses. Poems laced with irony, surprise, and humor and composed of rhythms as sinuous as their subject evoke cats in various manifestations: an entitled sovereign enjoying the comfort of an easy chair or a sun puddle, a languid provocateur teasing the neighborhood dogs, or a playful kitten stalking dust balls and raindrops. The best poem in the collection describes a halcyon time when the cat could fly, before she fell from grace by drinking from the moon. The book ends with a triplet of haiku that affirms the cat's timeless and enigmatic allure. "Wrapped in the perfect / curve of her tail, she poses / motionless as stone." Realistic oil and acrylic full-page paintings striking enough that an invitation to find animals hidden in each page seems an unnecessary distraction illustrate a book that holds its own in the cat-poetry category. n.v.