Mr. Mcgratt and the Ornery Cat

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When a cat shows up on his doorstep one day and decides to stay, Mr. McGratt is less than happy. The last thing he wants is a cat, especially an ornery one! So McGratt decides to give him away to his cat-loving neighbors. But one by one they bring him back because this cat is just too grouchy, even for them. Faced with finding yet another home for the ill-tempered feline, McGratt begins to realize that ever since the cat showed up, many of his troubles seem to have disappeared. Perhaps being ornery isn't such a ...
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Overview

When a cat shows up on his doorstep one day and decides to stay, Mr. McGratt is less than happy. The last thing he wants is a cat, especially an ornery one! So McGratt decides to give him away to his cat-loving neighbors. But one by one they bring him back because this cat is just too grouchy, even for them. Faced with finding yet another home for the ill-tempered feline, McGratt begins to realize that ever since the cat showed up, many of his troubles seem to have disappeared. Perhaps being ornery isn't such a bad thing after all.
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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
One day a cat appeared in Mr. McGratt's yard--an ornery orange striped cat. Mr. McGratt doesn't want a pet and he repeatedly tries to give the cat away. At first the mail carrier takes him, but she returns the ornery cat the next day. Then his neighbor decides that he would like the cat, but that doesn't work out either. After a few more tries, Mr. McGratt realizes that his ornery cat has been quite helpful--he kept the birds out of his pear tree, the dog from chewing up the newspaper and the neighborhood boy from cutting through his pumpkin patch. Perhaps the ornery cat has indeed found a home. Martine Gourbault's colored pencil illustrations on textured paper give these amusing illustrations a soft look which echo the softening of Mr. McGratt toward the ornery cat.
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PreS-Gr 3-Mr. McGratt has been adopted by an ornery cat, but the old man is a little too cantankerous himself to recognize its value-at first. "Scat! Scram! Skedaddle!" he shouts, to no avail. He tries to give it away three times, but each would-be foster parent is disillusioned and gives it back. Meanwhile the cat shoos the starlings from the pear tree, prevents the dog from chewing up the newspaper, and somehow keeps a young neighbor out of the pumpkin patch. Mr. McGratt is not too stubborn to get smart, and at last he realizes that he has found the perfect pet. The story is well constructed with subtle details, parallels, and wordplay that youngsters will enjoy. Gourbault's gently colored pictures appear to be lightly penciled on cloth, giving them a pointillistic look. The artist extends the author's use of parallels by showing a facial resemblance between the man and the feline. This fine offering is destined to be chuckled over again and again.-Ruth Semrau, formerly at Lovejoy School, Allen, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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After a very slow start, Helmer's story of two grumps finding one another comes to a gratifying conclusion. Mr. McGratt has his problems, but when it comes to the ornery cat that arrives one day and won't leave, he becomes angry, bellowing, "Scat! Scram! Skedaddle!" Three times, various neighbors take the cat off Mr. McGratt's hands, and three times they return the beast. Slyly worked into the story are the cat's positive features: he chases the starlings out of the pear tree; he fends off the newspaper-shredding neighborhood dog; he keeps Mr. McGratt's pumpkin patch clear of gourd-smashing trespassers. Helmer never trumpets those talents, so it comes as a pleasant revelation when they are summed up at the end of the book and appreciated by Mr. McGratt, who offers the cat a home. A crafty introduction to kismet, and a nice story to boot. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553371625
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Martine Gourbault is a painter and illustrator. She has illustrated a number of picture books including, I Went to the Bay, Mr.McGratt and the Ornery Cat and the Dragon Safety series. She resides in Vancouver, Canada.

Marilyn Helmer is the author of many books for children, including One Splendid Tree and Funtime Riddles. She lives in Burlington, Ontario.

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