I Want a Cat

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A hilarious story that will appeal to any child who has ever tried to coax reluctant parents into buying them a pet.
     Jessy feels like she is the only girl in the whole world without a pet, and Jessy badly wants a cat. Her parents can't stand cats. But Jessy is determined to have one, so she makes herself a fluffy white cat suit and refuses to take it off until her parents buy her a real cat. She even goes to school in her cat suit, and eats raw fish...

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Overview

A hilarious story that will appeal to any child who has ever tried to coax reluctant parents into buying them a pet.
     Jessy feels like she is the only girl in the whole world without a pet, and Jessy badly wants a cat. Her parents can't stand cats. But Jessy is determined to have one, so she makes herself a fluffy white cat suit and refuses to take it off until her parents buy her a real cat. She even goes to school in her cat suit, and eats raw fish under the table! Jessy's parents finally give in, but to their surprise, Jessy seems to have changed her mind about wanting a cat, and has her sights set on something else.

Jessy's parents forbid a cat, so she comes up with an unusual plan to change their minds.

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"The fact that her actions are not reflective of bad behavior, but simply her lighthearted attempt not to give up and to drive her point home makes Jessy even more likeable. A funny, delightful story and a good read-aloud choice."  —School Library Journal

"The strength of the story lies in Ross's color illustrations, full of wind, light, shadow, movement and whimsy."  —Publishers Weekly

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Jessy resorts to droll and unusual measures in her determination to have a feline friend; PW found Ross's antic illustrations ``full of wind, light, shadow, movement and whimsy.'' Ages 3-7. (Apr.)
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PreS-Gr 3-- Jessy wants a cat more than anything else in the world, but her parents will only give her toy cats. Jessy rebels by stubbornly dressing up in a white cat suit which she states defiantly will not come off until she gets a real live cat of her own. She sleeps curled up on her bedroom floor and then meanders over to stand on the neighbors' garden wall, howling at the moon, ``I want a cat!'' Of course, the neighbors think it's a great idea--give the kid a cat so she'll stop acting like one. Finally her father goes to the pet shop to choose a cat, but when he returns, Jessy meets him at the door dressed up in a homemade dog suit yelling ``Woof! Woof! . . . I want. . . .'' Ross' crayon-like illustrations add an effective touch of wry humor, bringing readers closer to Jessy and her determined reaction to her parents' refusal to grant her request. The fact that her actions are not reflective of bad behavior, but simply her lighthearted attempt not to give up and to drive her point home makes Jessy even more likeable. A funny, delightful story and a good read-aloud choice. --Leslie Barban, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, S.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842706916
  • Publisher: Andersen Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Edition description: Reissued paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

TONY ROSS has illustrated over 800 books, which are published all over the world. Dr Xargle's Book of Earth Tiggers was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and Tadpole's Promise won the Silver medal in the Smarties Prize 2003. He was the British choice for the Andersen Medal 2004. The Nanny Goat's Kid was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010. He lives on the Welsh border.

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