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Children's LiteratureMrs. Crump, having "no use for a cat," tries to shoo away the golden cat on her doorstep in the rain, but the cat slips in to dry by the fire. Mrs. Crump thinks she will send it away, but it curls around her ankles as cats do. When offered some bread, it confirms her suspicion that cats are finicky. To her surprise, she finds herself buying cream and even a pet dish at the grocery. Warned by the grocer that if she feeds it she will never get rid of it, she finds that she simply cannot put it outside that night. And so, day by day, Mrs. Crump finds herself less grumpy, and also less able to shut the cat out. Finally, with the cat settled in her lap, she realizes that she cannot imagine living without it. The opening double-page illustration before the text shows a detailed street of houses, with the cat (introduced on the jacket) climbing the steps of one. As the story begins, prim Mrs. Crump confronts it. On the pages that follow, we watch the evolution of the bonding process any cat lover will recognize. Roberts depicts a clean-cut suburban world, interiors, and grocery, in a variety of vignettes and single and double-page illustrations. Not every hair or wrinkle is shown, but we can clearly interpret the sly cat's thoughts as we watch the transformation of Mrs. Crump from sour-faced skeptic to contented lap. 2006, HarperCollins Publishers, and Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz