I Like Cats

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“Simple but clever verse and striking imagery give the book a refined aesthetic.”—Publishers Weekly

Fat cats, brat cats, grinning cats, wigged cats, cats with scowls, and cats with jowls . . .

I Like Cats emerges from the brushstrokes of the best-known tribal artists of India. Silkscreen-printed by hand, this book features a gallery of irresistible feline characters across a ...

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Overview

“Simple but clever verse and striking imagery give the book a refined aesthetic.”—Publishers Weekly

Fat cats, brat cats, grinning cats, wigged cats, cats with scowls, and cats with jowls . . .

I Like Cats emerges from the brushstrokes of the best-known tribal artists of India. Silkscreen-printed by hand, this book features a gallery of irresistible feline characters across a variety of Indian tribal art traditions.

This is a book that will delight cat lovers, art lovers, and artsy cat lovers!

Carrying on in the comic verse tradition, the witty and jubilant poetry-tales of Indian writer Anushka Ravishankar are internationally acclaimed, widely translated, and honored with innumerable awards.

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Publishers Weekly

This small, square picture book from Ravishankar (Elephants Never Forget) features the tribal and folk artwork of Indian artists. The distinctive cat images range from ornately detailed to sparse, each paired with a line of verse ("Grinning cats/ Cats with scowls/ Chinless cats/ Cats with jowls"). Four stylized "Hurried cats"-that more closely resemble rodents or lizards-spread their claws and hover as though in mid-flight. Simple but clever verse and striking imagery give the book a refined aesthetic. Ages 4-7. (July)

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On thick, roughly textured paper, a gallery of highly stylized felines created by over a dozen Indian folk artists in as many primitivist styles pose gracefully or are caught in mid-leap, staring steadily up at viewers with authentically catlike directness. The uniformly applied colors also seem to leap out, printed in a silkscreen process that gives them a lambent intensity that is heightened by sinuous, deep black lines defining each creature's distinctive shape and finely patterned fur. Paper, printing and binding all done by hand, this numbered edition of a 2009 title is a multisensory delight, as pleasing to the hand as it is to the eye. The deep red reflects light, the inky black absorbs it and each line provides a tactile experience, all demonstrating eloquently what is lost in the mass production of an art book. "Thin cats...Fat cats...Saintly cats...Brat cats," as Ravishankar's minimalist and sometimes arbitrary captions suggest all cavort across these pages. The slow cats (one red, one green) march in stately fashion; the dazed cats (done in an intricate pattern of tiny lines and spots in red, green, blue and yellow) stare glassily out at readers. A key at the back provides information about the artists and their styles. Packaged with an extra illustration laid in and a die-cut wrapping strip, this lovely artifact will be received eagerly by both cat lovers and connoisseurs of bookmaking. (Picture book. 6-9, adult)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788190675611
  • Publisher: Tara Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Carrying on in the nonsense-verse tradition of Dr. Seuss, Edward Lear and Lewis Caroll, the witty and jubilant poetry-tales of Indian writer Anushka Ravishankar are internationally acclaimed, widely translated, and honoured with innumerable awards. Anushka has authored over 18 books. Gita Wolf has written more than seventeen books for children and adults. A highly original and creative voice in contemporary Indian publishing, she has pursued her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book and its status as a revered cultural object. Many of her children's books have won major international awards.
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