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Metro Cat
     

Metro Cat

by Arnold
 
Sophie LeBeque is the cover cat for Fancy Cat magazine. She enjoys living in the lap of luxury, until one morning her cage flies out of the limousine and down a flight of stairs-right into the middle of the Metro's morning rush hour! Suddenly Sophie LeBeque, who has been spoiled and pampered all of her life, must fend for herself. This addition to the Family

Overview

Sophie LeBeque is the cover cat for Fancy Cat magazine. She enjoys living in the lap of luxury, until one morning her cage flies out of the limousine and down a flight of stairs-right into the middle of the Metro's morning rush hour! Suddenly Sophie LeBeque, who has been spoiled and pampered all of her life, must fend for herself. This addition to the Family Storytime line is a great value for a beautifully illustrated, jacketed hardcover book.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This value-priced book delivers a subtle message about the importance of making the best of a reversal of fortune and of assessing what defines good fortune. Sophie, the "fanciest cat in Paris" and the cover model for Fancy Cat magazine, finds her life turned upside down when she and her silk-lined carrying case sail out of her limousine one morning and down the subway stairs. Darting between the legs of commuters, she finds sustenance in bits of baguette and croissant dropped on the train platform. Later Sophie ascends to street level, where she pairs up with a kind, elderly street musician, by dancing with gusto to the strains of his fiddle. She leads him down to the Metro station, where the duo wows the crowd. The spectators enthusiastically fill the fellow's coffers, and the two become fast friends. Rendered in watercolor, acrylic and colored pencil, Davis's (Music Over Manhattan) zippy, stylized art pays droll attention to detail: carved wooden mice top bedposts and fish adorn the footboard of Sophie's elegant wooden bed; and a dazzling array of funky footwear is viewed from the newly self-sufficient cat's perspective in the Metro. With art and narrative serving up more than a soup on of humor, this is a winning choice for a read-aloud. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Sophie Le Beque is the most spoiled cat in all of Paris. That is, until she spills from the back of her chauffeur-driven limo on the way to a photo shoot and tumbles into the middle of the Metro's morning rush hour. At first disoriented, alone and scared, she panics. After a short time, though, Sophie observes the busy clamor and ultimately learns how to thrive in the busy Metro traffic. Newly skilled and ready for anything, Sophie finds the stairs that brought her down to the Metro. Spryly, she climbs and finds herself once again on the streets of Paris, in the midst of street performers. As she explores Sophie comes upon Jacques, a lone street performer who is down on his luck. As she watches and listens to the talented musician, she is moved by his music. After a good night's sleep, Sophie comes up with a clever idea that forever changes the atmosphere of the Metro and benefits both herself and the friendly old fiddler. The author has created an amusing and endearing story of transformation and ingenuity. Davis has more than aptly complemented the story with his comical illustrations of the clever, lovable Sophie. 2001, Golden Books, . Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer: Trina Heidt
Kirkus Reviews
A speeding limousine spills a pampered society cat out on to the streets of Paris to fend for herself. Sophie LeBeque has only known a life of luxury as the cover cat for Fancy Cat magazine. Her days are filled with fresh trout breakfasts, naps in her sunroom, and forays into her private catnip garden. All this changes when she takes a spill from her carrier on the way to a photo shoot and finds herself lost among the bustling rush-hour crowds in a busy Metro station. She quickly learns to find food, shelter, and safety even without the help of her butler and editors. Sophie eventually leaves the Metro and ends up among a group of street performers. One particular fiddler catches her ear and she begins to dance to his tune. Sophie leads the fiddler down into the Metro where they find fortune, friendship, and a new home together. While this is not a particularly innovative story and it errs on the side of wordiness, what it lacks in substance, it makes up for in lively cartoon drawings of the cat's-eye view of Paris and its denizens, particularly their footwear. Mais oui. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307102133
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Series:
Storybook Series
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.33(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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