Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this ironic tale of beauty and the beholder, an anxious owner creates a flattering portrait of his missing cat, while the pet's rescuer takes an opposing view. As the owner races around town hanging "Lost Cat" posters, exclamation points of sweat shooting off his brow, he remarks that his affectionate pet "Loves to eat./ Shares your seat./ Snuggles tight around your feet." He doesn't know the cat has taken up residence at-where else?-"Le Caf Chat Perdu," whose proprietor is at wits' end. "Swiped my dinner./ Knocked me flat./ Someone please/ COME GET THIS CAT!" the mustachioed man complains after the extroverted feline leaps and meows through the night. Each man speaks his mind, and images of the black-and-white-striped cat making mischief bear out both their opinions, pro and con. At last, an endearing reunion between cat and owner shows they're meant for each other. Goldin's amiable cartoons suit Hardy's classified-ad-style choppy sentences and easy rhymes; the drawings of the gangly-legged, round-bellied cat hint at the wackiness of Dav Pilkey's artwork. A fortuitous debut for the author and the illustrator. Ages 2-7. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Wendy Ricci
This humorous rhyming story presents the same animal from two very opposite perspectives! The man who has lost his cat has hung posters and describes his cat to people in cozy, positive ways. The man who has found the cat is keeping it safe until he finds the owner, but he describes the cat as nothing but a nuisance. There is a happy ending when the cat is returned!
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2A humorous story enriched by colorful illustrations and a rhyming text. When a cat disappears, its desperate owner searches high and low, finally connecting with the person who has found it. The plot is driven by each man's references to the animal, which to the owner is a beloved pet and to the finder is the bane of his existence. The simple text evenly balances the owner's listing of his feline's fine attributes with the temporary caregiver's less flattering assessment. The black-and-white striped feline, standing out against the soft-toned backgrounds, appears to take great pleasure in causing mayhem for his new guardian, who runs Le Caf Chat Perdu. Children will find it hard to resist this engaging scene stealer. While only astute readers will notice the slight change in typeface to differentiate the men's voices, more might question what appears to be a discrepancy between the text and art: "the Whiskers white" are shown as black. A good choice for preschool story hour and beginning readers, who will appreciate the bold type and short, rhyming phrases.Maura Bresnahan, Topsfield Town Library, MA
A big, round catwith a face only a mother (or distraught owner) could lovegets lost. His owner peppers the town with "Lost Cat" posters, while the feline takes up residence at Le Café Chat Perdu. His shenanigans drive the proprietor nuts; a "Cat Found" notice is also posted, which leads to a happy reunion.
Children will love the way the clockwork couplets in Hardy's first book render two perspectives of the cat's best (or worst) qualities. The owner's poster says, "Black stripes/Whiskers white/Nose is pink/Has an overbite," while the restaurateur's states, "Huge pink nose/Whiskers light/Some are missing/Some are white . . . Teeth stick out/and don't bite right." Goldin's broadly humorous drawing style has a kinship with the art of comic stripshis characters would be right at home in Popeye's neighborhood. The artist portrays the catrightly, readers will sayas a total rascal; he's garrulous, colossally independent, and immune to all human concerns.