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Minifred Goes to School
     

Minifred Goes to School

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by Mordicai Gerstein
 

Rules are made to be broken,

Especially for Minifred. But if she wants to go to school, she'll have to behave, right? Maybe not, because Minifred isn't a regular child—she's a kitten! In this playful picture book from Caldecott Medalist Mordicai Gerstein, Minifred makes her own rules about how to have fun.

Overview

Rules are made to be broken,

Especially for Minifred. But if she wants to go to school, she'll have to behave, right? Maybe not, because Minifred isn't a regular child—she's a kitten! In this playful picture book from Caldecott Medalist Mordicai Gerstein, Minifred makes her own rules about how to have fun.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this odd tale, a couple raises their pet kitten, Minifred, like a spoiled child, then unleashes her on an unsuspecting school. “I don't obey anything,” announces Minifred, “especially not rules!” Pretty soon, her classmates are wondering why they can't misbehave, too—but of course, they're not kittens. Caldecott Medalist Gerstein's sense of color and framing is faultless as he tries to establish Minifred as the antiheroine of a kooky, alternative universe reminiscent of Louis Sachar's Wayside School books. But the petulant, pinafore-wearing kitten remains more irritating than rabble-rousing. Ages 3–8. (July)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Although they have been wanting a baby, Mr. and Mrs. Porthy are delighted to discover a kitten under the sofa cushions. They name her Minifred and treat her just as if she were a real child. At five months, she walks on her hind legs. At six months, she begins to talk. She does not, however, like to follow the rules. When she is determined to go to school, her teacher is not pleased by her behavior. When she tries to send Minifred home, Minifred runs right into the principal's lap. Still refusing to obey the rules, she climbs atop the school weathervane. Called to school, her parents discover that the rules there have an exception for kittens. So, Minifred becomes an excellent student—although she still does what she likes. Any cat lover knows that cats do what they like, and of course, the humorous Minifred is a fantasy creation. But we wonder what message this story sends to young readers about rules. As drawn here, Minifred is a convincing anthropomorphic young feline but with gestures and expressions common to youngsters. Gerstein delights us with his pictures of her merry chases. His sketchy illustrations on white backgrounds are filled with details. His action vignettes command attention in full and double-page depictions of his unusual heroine. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
When Mr. Portly finds a tiny orange kitten behind the sofa while vacuuming, he and Mrs. Portly raise her as the baby they've always wanted. They "treated Minifred just like a child, and so she behaved like one. She did not like rules." A precocious thing, she walks at five months and talks at six, and pretty soon the pink-frocked kitten starts school-where she's just as bad at obeying rules as she is at home. Gerstein milks the absurdity for all it's worth, vigorous linework and vivid colors lending zing to Minifred's shenanigans. Her keen green eyes find one rule she can follow, leading to a resolution that will satisfy kittens everywhere-if not their parents and teachers. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060758899
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/23/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of many beloved books for children. He won the 2004 Caldecott Medal for The Man Who Walked Between the Towers and is also a painter, sculptor, and prizewinning designer and director of animated films. Mordicai Gerstein lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, Susan Yard Harris, who is also an illustrator, and their daughter, Risa.

Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of many beloved books for children. He won the 2004 Caldecott Medal for The Man Who Walked Between the Towers and is also a painter, sculptor, and prizewinning designer and director of animated films. Mordicai Gerstein lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, Susan Yard Harris, who is also an illustrator, and their daughter, Risa.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Northhampton, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
November 25, 1935
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles, California
Education:
Chouinard Institute of Art
Website:
http://www.mordicaigerstein.com

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Minifred Goes to School 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Overnightkitten More than 1 year ago
I laughed out loud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago