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Me and My Cat?

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Late one night, an old lady in a pointed hat climbs through the window into Nicholas’s bedroom. She brandishes her broom, fires out some words, and then leaves as abruptly as she came. It’s puzzling at the time, but not nearly as puzzling as what happens the next day....

A young boy spends an unusual day after awakening to find that he and his cat have switched bodies.

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Overview

Late one night, an old lady in a pointed hat climbs through the window into Nicholas’s bedroom. She brandishes her broom, fires out some words, and then leaves as abruptly as she came. It’s puzzling at the time, but not nearly as puzzling as what happens the next day....

A young boy spends an unusual day after awakening to find that he and his cat have switched bodies.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Silly good fun."  —Kirkus Reviews

"Kitamura allows the situation to speak for itself with his signature off-kilter line drawings, tiny illustrative details, and dry, matter-of-fact tone . . . Funny, frenetic, and insightful, too."  —Booklist

"Facial expressions speak volumes, and the sense of kinetic movement and moments caught in a series of 'snapshots' will pull in the most diffident listeners. The high humor is infectious and the entire clever premise is well executed."  —School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
A dark-haired boy swaps identities with his yellow cat. PW said that Kitamura "spotlights an offbeat sense of humor and a flair for comic-book layout." Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although not as unpredictable as his hard-boiled Sheep in Wolves' Clothing, this latest by Kitamura spotlights an offbeat sense of humor and a flair for comic-book layout. At first, it appears as though a dark-haired boy, Nicholas, narrates the story, while his yellow cat sits quietly in the foreground. But at breakfast, Nicholas buries his head in a cat-food dish until his mother "carr[ies] me off to catch the school bus. I had gone... but I was still here." Only then does Nicholas realize that he and his cat have exchanged physical identities. The "real" Nicholas, in the cat's body, spends the day accidentally toppling furniture and battling the tomcats next door. "Life was as complicated and tough as it was for humans," he discovers. Kitamura devotes several amusing spreads to imagining how a cat would inhabit a human body and vice versa. He contains these chaotic scenes in a tense, tightly controlled black-ink line and tints them with lush midnight-violet, fern-green and golden-ochre watercolors. "An old lady in a pointed hat" solves the dilemma in a conventional way, but the tale provides entertainment--particularly on the repetitive panels in which the boy wears a cat's impenetrable, miffed expression. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Unbeknownst to Nicholas, a lady in a pointed hat enters his room late one night. She brandishes her broom, fires out some words, and leaves. The next morning Nicholas watches in amazement as his mother drags him out of bed, pushes him through his morning activities and carries him to the school bus. He was even more amazed when he realized he was still home and was absentmindedly pulling his whiskers. Whiskers! He dashed to the bathroom mirror and discovered he was in his cat's body. His efforts to enjoy his day away from school are disastrous. He doesn't know how to be a cat. Finally, Leonardo comes back from school. Nicholas looks on in wide-eyed wonder as Leonardo in his body tries to carry on his cat-life. The action-filled day comes to a close with the witch returning to Nicholas's bedroom to undo the spell, explaining she had the wrong address. 1999, Farrar Straus and Giroux, Ages 6 to 10, $16.00. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Prior to the title page, an old lady with a broom and a pointy black hat is pictured crawling through a boy's window at night. The caption explains that she "brandished her broom at me and fired out some words. Then she left without saying goodbye-." The next day, Nicholas discovers that he has switched bodies with his cat Leonardo. What results is a humorous set of learning experiences about the life of a cat and, for poor Leonardo, the life of a boy. By the time the old woman returns the next night-"Sorry, love. I got the wrong address"-both victims, as well as the protagonist's frazzled mother, are anxious to return to normal. The twist on the last page is wickedly delightful, as are the expressive pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations. Facial expressions speak volumes, and the sense of kinetic movement and moments caught in a series of "snapshots" (on two consecutive spreads) will pull in the most diffident listeners. The high humor is infectious and the entire clever premise is well executed. Use this title with David Small's Imogene's Antlers (Crown, 1988) or William Joyce's George Shrinks (HarperCollins, 1985) for wonderful stories about strange transformations.-Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Bobbie Combs
This silly story of rearranged identities, with even sillier pictures, is bound to make kids giggle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842707753
  • Publisher: Andersen Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/14/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 659,237
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Satoshi Kitamura won the Mother Goose Award for his first book Angry Arthur and he is now one of the most distinguished illustrators in Britain, having created more than 20 books for children.

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