I Don't Want a Cool Cat!

I Don't Want a Cool Cat!

by Emma Dodd
     
 

In this hilarious, heartfelt picture book, one little girl discovers just how difficult it can be to find the perfect pet. Along the way, she meets a zany mix of cats with distinct personalities, but none of them are right for her! After a comical cat chase, she finally finds a special one to call her very own. In this follow-up to I Don't Want a Posh Dog!,

Overview

In this hilarious, heartfelt picture book, one little girl discovers just how difficult it can be to find the perfect pet. Along the way, she meets a zany mix of cats with distinct personalities, but none of them are right for her! After a comical cat chase, she finally finds a special one to call her very own. In this follow-up to I Don't Want a Posh Dog!, Emma Dodd reminds readers that, while there are many different kinds of pets to choose from, everyone of us can find a loveable four-legged friend to share our hearts and hugs with.

With whimsical illustrations and playful rhyming text, I Don't Want a Cool Cat! demonstrates the bond people share with their favorite feline friends—the perfect read-aloud for cat lovers and their little ones.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The sure-minded heroine from I Don't Want a Posh Dog! returns, this time in a search for the perfect feline companion. Cats may be more likely than dogs to irritate their juvenile owners, and Dodd's catalog of feline faults will parallel the cat peeves of many children. "I don't want a cool cat./ A treat-me-like-a-fool cat," the narrator, who sports a pink A-line dress, white socks, Mary Janes and a chin-length bob, declares. Dodd uses big, graphic shapes and bold outlines with patchwork collage elements to show a haughty Siamese cat stretched out full-length on a tufted couch, while the girl sits in the only space that's left--the cat's bed. On another spread, a ridiculous blimp of a calico cat squeezes through a pet door as the girl stands ready with a can opener and a dish of food: "I don't want a greedy cat,/ A ‘Meow, meow, please feed me' cat." When on the final page the girl ends up with a loveable little kitten ("Not a scratch or scrap cat./ A curl-up-in-my-lap cat"), readers will rejoice with her. Simple, unalloyed cat fun. Ages 3–6. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2—Cats may have a reputation for being finicky, but there's not a feline in this book that's as fussy as the little girl telling the story, a companion to I Don't Want a Posh Dog! (Little, Brown, 2009). In fluid rhyming text she turns down a cool cat, a stuffy cat, a greedy cat, and a prize cat. The cat she wants has one important feature—it's a cat she can call her own. Pedigree and distinction cannot measure up to affection, and the one she chooses is just what anyone would want. There is no shortage of charm or humor in this book, exhibited by the artwork. Dodd uses solid colors and heavy outlines to distinguish figures against pastel-colored pages devoid of all background. The illustrations are all on spreads that make full use of the oversize space, even when they hardly take up any of it, as in the case of the "slinky, dinky, twinky cat," whose inability to fill a page personifies its inability to meet the girl's desires. Playful and jubilant, this book for cat connoisseurs will work well as a read-a-loud and for emerging readers who like to have fun with sounds and words.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews

It's definitely been done before—by the author herself (I Don't Want a Posh Dog, 2009) as well as by myriad others who've created their own takes on "why my pet's the best." Still, this rhyming litany of all the characteristics the unnamed narrator is not looking for in a cat seems likely to find an enthusiastic audience. The attractive, inventive illustrations have a cartoon-style simplicity but include enough detail and variety to make repeat readings enjoyable. The depiction of the narrator, a young girl with a button nose, bowl haircut and red dress and shoes, remains constant throughout, providing continuity and connection. From the low-key humor of the double-page spread that features a large, chops-licking tiger ("I don't want a big cat") to the engaging internal rhyme of, "I don't want a prowly cat. / A howly, yowly, scowly cat," to the "purry" happy ending, there's plenty for young listeners and adult readers to enjoy. For those who don't want a dull book, never fear—Dodd's latest is picture- (and pitch-) perfect. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316036740
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
08/09/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Emma Dodd is the creator of many books for children, including I Don't Want a Posh Dog!, What Pet to Get?, and Dog's Colorful Day. She is also the illustrator of the popular Amazing Baby board book series. She lives in London, England.

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