Love That Kitty!: The Story of a Boy Who Wanted to Be a Cat

Love That Kitty!: The Story of a Boy Who Wanted to Be a Cat

by Jeff Jarka
     
 

Peter is an ordinary boy . . . sometimes. Then one day he decides to become a cat. He purrs. He pounces on unsuspecting prey. He discovers the joy of yarn. And he's an expert at climbing up curtains.

While Peter is good at being a kitty, he is not always a good kitty. His parents want their human son back! What's a cat to do? Soon Peter finds an ideal solution to

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Overview

Peter is an ordinary boy . . . sometimes. Then one day he decides to become a cat. He purrs. He pounces on unsuspecting prey. He discovers the joy of yarn. And he's an expert at climbing up curtains.

While Peter is good at being a kitty, he is not always a good kitty. His parents want their human son back! What's a cat to do? Soon Peter finds an ideal solution to please both man and beast.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Peter, who demonstrated his affinity for canines in Love That Puppy! decides to become a cat in this companion story. Despite the cool reception to his decision ("Not again!" is his parents' reaction), Peter naps, purrs, sneaks, pounces, plays with yarn, climbs curtains, and even sheds, until he's ready to move on. It's the same joke with a new animal, but Jarka's comic book-style illustrations and surplus of visual gags remain fun. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
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“Peter’s quirky confidence contrasts hilariously with his parents’ bewilderment, especially when they find the kitty litter under the sink. Fans of Peter’s first adventure will enjoy this one and look for more to follow.” --School Library Journal

“Fans of Peter’s first adventure, Love That Puppy! (2009), will likely enjoy this as well.” --Kirkus Reviews

"Jarka's comic book–style illustrations and surplus of visual gags remain fun.” --Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Being a human is okay, but being a cat is a lot more fun—at least, that's what a little boy named Peter decides. After transforming himself into a cat, he learns how to sleep in a basket, take catnaps, purr, pounce, and even use kitty litter. His parents are not amused, however, when Peter also begins to scratch the furniture, climb the curtains, and shed hair on the sofa. So, Peter decides to be a boy again, and his parents are pleased until—wait, has Peter now turned into a frog? In this humorous story, young children will learn about cat behavior, both good and bad. Nevertheless, the real star of the book is the artwork. The pictures are big, and cover the entire page with bold, bright colors. They are also funny and creative: the inside front cover shows a picture of Peter as a cat, while the inside back cover portrays Peter as his new alter ego, a frog. Little boys that like cats, or those who have active imaginations, will probably enjoy this tale. Reviewer: Leona Illig
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In a continuation of the story begun in Love That Puppy! (Holt, 2009), Peter decides to be a cat. The child takes to wearing a cat suit and sleeping in a basket. Over time he masters the art of sharpening his claws on the furniture, climbing the curtains, and even shedding. Then, surprising his parents one day, Peter decides to be a boy again, at least for a while. Although the basic plot is told with succinct text, the real story unfolds through Jarka's illustrations, which are reminiscent of children's animated TV shows or comic books. The artwork has conventions like multiple boxes on a page, conversation bubbles, and colored backgrounds that suggest particular emotions. Jarka draws each character and setting with only a few well-placed lines filled in with bright solid colors. Peter's quirky confidence contrasts hilariously with his parents' bewilderment, especially when they find the kitty litter under the sink. Fans of Peter's first adventure will enjoy this one and look for more to follow.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
Kirkus Reviews
Jarka's frenetic cartoon family is back, this time coping with young Peter's feverish adoption of all things feline. Dressed in a slinky black cat suit and a smile, Peter purrs, naps, pounces and generally creates havoc. Comic-strip style panels alternate with spot art and full-page pictures in bright colors and a flat perspective that add to the cartoony feel. Both text and pictures emphasize the ridiculousness of the situation, particularly on the page that shows Peter practicing "good hygiene" (potty humor is funny no matter what species you are—or pretend to be). Peter's perplexed parents put up with his shenanigans until he inexplicably decides to revert to his human ways. Their relief is short-lived, however, as Peter appears on the final page with green flippers and a face mask, uttering a resounding "Ribbit?" Fans of Peter's first adventure, Love That Puppy! (2009), will likely enjoy this as well since the retro style, straightforward storytelling and broad humor are essentially the same. Others will look forward to seeing what else Jarka can do. Pleasant if predictable. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805090536
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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