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Mr. Pusskins: A Love Story

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by Sam Lloyd
     
 

Mr. Pusskins doesn't want to play mouse games.
He thinks snuggling is for the birds.
Having his fur combed?
Listening to cozy bedtime stories?

Boring!

Mr. Pusskins goes in search of adventure.
But along the way he finds out how much love is waiting for him at home.  See more details below

Overview

Mr. Pusskins doesn't want to play mouse games.
He thinks snuggling is for the birds.
Having his fur combed?
Listening to cozy bedtime stories?

Boring!

Mr. Pusskins goes in search of adventure.
But along the way he finds out how much love is waiting for him at home.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Phooey on unconditional love. That's the sentiment of the eponymous sourpuss, who can't stand the doting of his owner, a blissfully happy girl named Emily. "The girl's constant babbling, 'Blah-de-blah, blah, blah,' bored his whiskers off. He wanted more than this dull life." But when Mr. Pusskins finally seizes the opportunity to run away, he soon realizes that life on the streets is not what he bargained for. Dirty, cold and alone, he thinks, "Emily had given him everythinga cat could ever dream of... but he had neverbeen nice to her." In the book's funniest scene, Mr. Pusskins literally phones home, meows pitifully into the receiver, and is quickly reunited with his adoring human: "Now both Emily and Mr. Pusskins realize how lucky they are to have each other." Although the writing can be overly literal, Lloyd's astutely cartooned pictures more than make up for what her prose lacks in punch. Mr. Pusskins starts out as a fat, angry-looking oval of orange fur, with a tail that literally bristles with resentment, disgust and naughtiness; during his dark night of the soul, the tail shrivels up and falls behind him like a piece of furry seaweed. By book's end, the harsh black brushstrokes that detailed his coat have softened considerably, and his eyes are as wide and adoring as Emily's. Clearly, it's the beginning of a revitalized relationship. Ages 4-6. (Dec.)

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Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
Mr. Pusskins is a cat with attitude! Bored with owner Emily's attentive ministrations of brushing, endearments, and stories, he longs for more than this dull life. Leaving through the cat door one night, "He went places he wasn't meant to go and did things he wasn't meant to do," falling in with the "pesky cat gang," causing havoc in the neighborhood. At first he is delighted to join in their nightly yowling and prowling, but eventually he becomes hungry, lonely, and cold. When he spots Emily's missing cat poster with his furry, fat, furious face for all the world to see, he realizes what he has given up and dials the number on the poster. The pair is reunited; Mr. Pusskins has learned his lesson and all is well. Kids will eat this up; Lloyd has penned a deceptively simple story of love and transformation and paired it with outrageous illustrations. He captures both Emily's and Pusskins' sentiments on their expressive faces. His bold black lines and multiple scenes per page perfectly convey the action. A fun read-aloud, this will be a hit with young and old.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1
Mr. Pusskins is a cantankerous cat who doesn't appreciate his young owner. When Emily lovingly coos, "what a handsome boy you are!" all he hears is "Blah-de-blah, blah, blah." Feeling smothered and yearning for some "naughty fun," he runs away. He wreaks havoc in neighborhood gardens, rummages through garbage cans, and hangs out with the notorious "Pesky Cat Gang." However, he soon tires of his new life. He regrets his ill treatment of Emily, and when they are finally reunited, he changes his ungrateful ways. Humorous illustrations capture this fluffy, ginger-colored sourpuss in all of his grouchy glory, and his big, round eyes convey a range of expressions, from haughtiness to remorse. This sassy love story will be a storytime hit.
—Linda LudkeCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Meet Mr. Pusskins: The orange tabby on the cover scowling underneath his name and title will make readers grin or even chuckle. "Emily adored Mr. Pusskins." However, her fur-brushing, endearments and story readings bore his whiskers off. Mr. Pusskins wants more than this dull life-so he leaves. He does everything he isn't supposed to, like making friends with the Pesky Cat Gang. Life without Emily is such naughty fun, until the rain falls, icy winds blow and his new friends are no longer nice. A feeble, frantic phone call from bedraggled, lonely Mr. Pusskins brings Emily to his rescue. Now, Mr. P. adores Emily! Large double spreads with bright colors, google eyes and ornery expressions caricature the raucous and righteous behavior. Never mind the deficiency of details about how a cat can dial a phone, this shaggy story of "cattitude" is amusing and unadulterated fun. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416925170
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
12/26/2006
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
172,616
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
AD540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Sam Lloyd was born in the north of England, but migrated to sunny Brighton. She works on art projects with children at a local school, and paints large murals. Sam's great passions range from swimming in the Brighton Sea and gardening to traveling to far parts of the world, where she has found much inspiration for her writing and illustrating of children's books.

Sam Lloyd was born in the north of England, but migrated to sunny Brighton. She works on art projects with children at a local school, and paints large murals. Sam's great passions range from swimming in the Brighton Sea and gardening to traveling to far parts of the world, where she has found much inspiration for her writing and illustrating of children's books.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After borrowing this book from the library countless times, I bought Mr. Pusskins and Mr. Pusskins and Little Whiskers for a birthday gift for my six-year-old son. He was thrilled to be able to own his favorite books. He has them memorized and we often laugh about how much Mr. Pusskins reminds us of our own kitties in real life. Silly characters and writing with a sweet message.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The illustrations in this book are Fantastic. It has a really sweet story that my niece loves as her grandparent's cat has yet to befriend her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids love this book! Funny and very sophisticated for a picture book.
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