Long Tail Kitty: Come Out and Play

Long Tail Kitty: Come Out and Play

by Lark Pien
     
 

Acclaimed comics-world talent Lark Pien offers a companion book to Long Tail Kitty with five new adventures featuring the eponymous feline and his whimsical gang of animal pals. Inter-friendship rivalries, woes, and jealousies fuel these gently humorous tales of the wise-beyond-his-furry-years Long Tail Kitty.

Overview

Acclaimed comics-world talent Lark Pien offers a companion book to Long Tail Kitty with five new adventures featuring the eponymous feline and his whimsical gang of animal pals. Inter-friendship rivalries, woes, and jealousies fuel these gently humorous tales of the wise-beyond-his-furry-years Long Tail Kitty.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Tima Murrell
This second Long Tail Kitty book includes five different graphic novel style stories, in which Long Tail Kitty and his friends learn about working together as a team, adventures, jealousy, and being alone. The friends also learn about friendship, scary feelings, and troubles. Pien uses a simple and yet detailed cartoon style to capture the reader’s attention. While it is difficult for adults to read aloud to children, it would work well for reluctant readers who need more pictures than words. Each story is separate, so the reader can put the book aside and pick up again later. Teachers can share this with young readers who enjoy cartoon style books. Children will enjoy the antics of Kitty and his friends as they learn from their experiences and enjoy the fun of friendship. Reviewer: Tima Murrell; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
07/01/2015
Gr 2–4—Long Tail Kitty (LTK) returns in a second collection of gentle adventures. This time he goes to a magic show on a boat, makes new friends, and celebrates a birthday over four short chapters. LTK and his animal friends are unfailingly friendly and giving, and the stories demonstrate clearly the value of friendship and kindness. At one point, a dog assures the kitty, "I don't bite"; in another story, a frog surprises LTK, then asks him for a hug. This sweetness is balanced with whimsy: a "roboboat" turns out to be a boat helmed by robots, singing squirrels serenade the group at a birthday party, and Big E the elephant has magical powers. Unfussy cartoon illustrations in a simple layout make this a good introduction to comics for young readers, and the action is comforting enough for a bedtime read. The watercolor illustrations depict a pastoral, dreamy land of rolling hills and cozy houses, in a primarily pastel palette evocative of cupcake frostings. VERDICT Young readers, particularly those new to comics, will enjoy this mild, sweet confection.—Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2015-02-03
Four small adventures in the life of Long Tail Kitty.In the first, LTK and his friend Tony, an orange cat, try to go with their elephant friend to a magic show on a robot-run riverboat, but the robobarker says that Big E exceeds the boat's weight limits. In the second, LTK and Tony go to Big E's birthday party, and LTK is put out when Big E does not open his present first. On the way home from the party, LTK gets lost when Tony goes on ahead, but he is helped out by new friend Frances. Finally, LTK calms down from the excitement by working in his garden, but Tony, Big E and Frances start a water fight. LTK looks rather like a plump, fanged, six-pointed starfish with a tail rather than a cat, but neither anatomical verisimilitude nor plot is the main event in Pien's pastel-colored animal world. The solipsistic LTK is marvelously childlike, so concerned with his relationships with his friends that sometimes he doesn't even notice that he's having a good time. Big E, befitting his size, operates as the world's nominal adult, wielding actual, unexplained magic when necessary to make things right, just like a human parent. Pien's delicately colored panels have all the appeal of a bag of jelly beans, appearing first as an abstract agglomeration of colors and then resolving into the sweetest of narratives. A cotton-candy graphic idyll. (Graphic fantasy. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609053949
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
06/02/2015
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
334,267
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lark Pien: Lark Pien was a comics-obsessed kid—especially Peanuts, Old Master Q, and Uncanny X-men. She carried her fandom into formal training in both art and architecture. As Lark became more adept at creating her own handmade mini-comics, she decided to make art and illustration her full-time profession. Since then, she made her debut with Long Tail Kitty, was proclaimed a Best New Talent and won the Harvey Award for her coloring work on Gene Luen Yang's Printz-winning American Born Chinese. The San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum and other fine arts museums have featured Lark's collected works.

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