It's All about Me-Ow [NOOK Book]

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The perfect gift for cat lovers!

Cats rule! And this funny, endearing look at cat culture shows how they've mastered the art of charming humans. Do you ever wonder how cats achieve the perfect blend of catitude and cuteness; how they can be both mild and wild? Here all the tricks of their trade are revealed as an alpha cat passes his wisdom to a new generation. Entertaining...
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Overview

The perfect gift for cat lovers!

Cats rule! And this funny, endearing look at cat culture shows how they've mastered the art of charming humans. Do you ever wonder how cats achieve the perfect blend of catitude and cuteness; how they can be both mild and wild? Here all the tricks of their trade are revealed as an alpha cat passes his wisdom to a new generation. Entertaining lessons abound, including a crash course on what to eat (mouse=do, gerbil=don't) and the importance of purr therapy to keep the humans calm.

Hudson Talbott's spot-on humor celebrates everything we love about our fabulous feline friends, as well as the little things we put up with because we love them.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In what amounts to a tongue-in-cheek feline version of Susan E. Goodman and David Slonim’s recent It’s a Dog’s Life, Buddy, a veteran pet cat, offers advice to the three naive kittens that join his household. Puns and cat jokes rule the day: Buddy urges the newcomers to “take control” of their humans, though he acknowledges, “You’re probably saying, ‘Me? How? Me? How?’ ” Buddy also touts the benefits of “catitude” (which includes knowing “how to purr your way out of trouble... when you’re caught in the kitchen with a fried chicken in your paws”) and explains cat physiology, cat history, “communi-CAT-ing” via body language, and playing with humans (“Ask to go out then to come in... then out... in... out...”). In mixed-media illustrations, Talbott (River of Dreams) portrays Buddy as a laid-back know-it-all tabby, and he plays up the instructional idea in spreads that include cat-drawn posters, charts, and asides from cats and humans alike. As Talbott’s adorable felines alternately wreak havoc and charm humans, cat-loving readers—adults in particular—will chuckle and nod in recognition. All ages. (Sept.)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“The affable older-and-wiser cat is an amusing narrator, and cat lovers will happily recognize both the delights and occasional drawbacks of cat ownership. . . . The cats are capably and endearingly rendered; the big-eyed kittens in particular are sure to elicit some ‘Awws.’ . . . Sassy Buddy will sashay his way into many a kid’s heart.”
Booklist
* “Will draw readers right in. Who doesn’t love cats? Well, even if you don’t love ’em, you’ll have learned a lot about them—delightfully—after turning the last page of this clever picture book. . . . Funny and furious . . . a wonderful mélange of “catitude.”
starred review Booklist
* “Will draw readers right in. Who doesn’t love cats? Well, even if you don’t love ’em, you’ll have learned a lot about them—delightfully—after turning the last page of this clever picture book. . . . Funny and furious . . . a wonderful mélange of “catitude.”
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Our savvy feline narrator introduces newly arrived kittens to their humans with wry humor, advising them as superior beings on how to take control of their family. A Catwalk through history demonstrates how cool cats are. Since they offer "purr therapy" to the harassed modern family, cats know how to get their way no matter what they do. Their most important job is to play with their humans, never letting them forget that their cat is the center of their world. After advice on what to catch and not to catch, a catalog of the fabulous cat family depicts the "beautiful bunch of beasties" from cheetah to ocelot. Truly a cat's life is "purrrr...fect." The front of the jacket/cover depicts a trio of naturalistic wide-eyed kittens looking innocent; on the back a dozen cats are tearing a room apart. The double pages are filled with comic watercolor, colored pencil, and ink vignettes, bits of text, and feline interpretations. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Buddy, an older cat, welcomes three newly weaned kittens into his abode and begins to teach them the ins and outs of managing the humans in the household. He is prepared with charts and diagrams that compare cats to humans (Us: nose/ cute and powerful, Them: nose/big but feeble), a "catwalk through history," and a little lecture on the value of "purr therapy" for the modern family. He also gives instruction in "catitude," including proper tail positioning and what to do if humans forget that you are the center of their world. Anyone who has ever been owned by a cat will connect with all the behaviors described and enjoy recognizing their own pets as they laugh at Buddy's antics. The watercolor, colored-pencil, and ink illustrations are crisp and lively and add to the humor of the situations described. The book is better suited for independent reading than group sharing because of the small details and numerous asides. Buddy's instruction will be enjoyed by most cat/animal lovers.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Cat lovers will recognize their favorite feline attributes (as well as those they're less fond of) in this amusing "cat"-alog. Presented as advice to a trio of new (kitten) residents from Buddy, a charming marmalade cat, the first-person narration pokes fun at peoples' foibles and extols the virtues of cats large and small. One double-page spread contrasts the abilities and physiology of cats and humans; another shows the history of cats from their first appearance through the glories of Egypt and the bad times of the Dark Ages to the present day; a third showcases cats of all kinds from domesticated breeds to a lion, tiger, lynx and other big cats. Buddy also explains the mysteries of cat communication, from body language through the power of purrs, and provides a list of ways to keep caretakers on their toes (don't miss the vignette that pays homage to Ezra Jack Keats' Kitten for a Day). Talbott's cartoon-style illustrations feature round-eyed kittens and a sly, smugly smiling Buddy. They lack detailed backgrounds, keeping the pages feeling clean. His human characters, a (stereo)typical family, are over-the-top in their admiration for Buddy, which adds to the humor and, along with the faux-instructional tone, creates continuity. Ailurophobes won't be swayed, but feline fanciers will lap this up and look forward to repeat servings. (Informational picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101648261
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/13/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 26 MB
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Meet the Author

Hudson Talbott
Hudson Talbott wrote and illustrated River of Dreams and United Tweets of America, and illustrated Newbery Honor winner Show Way (by Jacqueline Woodson) and ALA Notable Book Leonardo's Horse (by Jean Fritz). He lives in New York City and Leeds, New York, in the Hudson Valley.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    RULES 4 ICECLAN PLZ READ B4 JOINING!

    Rules 4 IceClan. Read them b4 joining.

    •Rp realisticly
    •No godmodding
    •No weird pelt colors
    •No powers but prophecies R alowed (nuthin major tho)
    •No weird or unrealistic names
    •Do not randomly ditch the clan especially if ur medicine cat or medicine apprentice or deputy
    •No evil cats, tho formely evil cats that will NEVER be evil again may join. All signs of evil will result in possible exile
    •No bullying
    •No cursing
    •Treat ur clanmates equally and loyaly
    *If any signs of this r found by u or another cat, contact me ASAP!

    -Birchstar =^•-•^=

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    My daugher loves this book... She laughed so hard as we read it

    My daugher loves this book... She laughed so hard as we read it together one night.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Joining

    Is this where u ask to join? If it is then

    Name Silversnow
    Gender shecat
    Description silver with snow white flecks and light blue eyes does not want a mate is energetic and nice
    Kit Pinekit - 5 moon old shecat brown with grey flecks and green eyes is energetic

    I would love to join a clan and will be a warrior or mentor when needed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Very funny

    Its so funny when I read it some times I fart

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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