Naughty Chérie!by Joyce Carol Oates, Mark Graham (Illustrator)
Little Cherie is the cutest kitten in the litter, by she certainly isn�t the best behaved one. After she is sent to the corner to calm down, she finds a small crack that leads to a place called Little Friends Kindercare, filled wit friendly baby animals. But after being on the receiving end these rambunctious babies naughty behavior, Little Cherie returns home finally understanding that being cute can�t excuse thoughtless actions. This purrrrfect bedtime tale from a master storyteller addresses a problem that�s in the news and on parents� minds. This lovable tale from Joyce Carol Oates and Mark Graham makes for a purrrfect bedtime story.
Little Chérie is the prettiest kitten in the litter, and the favorite of Mr. and Mrs. Smith's only daughter, Evan. But Little Chérie is always in trouble. One day, when Mrs. Smith sends her to the corner, the frisky pet finds a secret stairway that leads to "Little Friends Kindercare," where she meets a baby panda, giraffe, and monkey, among others. The animals have never seen a kitten before, and as they play with her they mimic Little Chérie's bad behavior. When she finds her way back to her house, she remembers how naughty the animals were and tempers her own actions, much to the delight of her human family. This saccharine story makes little sense. Children will immediately recognize what the unconcerned Momma Cat already knows-Little Chérie is simply a kitten and acts like one. How can attacking shoelaces or knocking over a water bowl count for being naughty? Heaven forbid the Smiths should ever encounter Rotten Ralph. The fantasy sequence where Little Chérie meets the other animals is disjointed and heavy-handed. Graham's pictures, painted in light shades and bathed in a soft glow, are too pretty for the story. Considering the exclamation points liberally sprinkled throughout the text (every naughty act is capped with that ubiquitous punctuation mark), this title reads like a vanity project from a famous author.
Kara Schaff DeanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.
Mark Graham is the illustrator of several children's books, including Come Meet Muffin! and Where is Little Reynard? by Joyce Carol Oates. A graduate of Columbia University, Graham studied for several years at the Art Students League of New York and has taught at the university level. He lives with his family in Port Washington, New York.
- Princeton, New Jersey
- Date of Birth:
- June 16, 1938
- Place of Birth:
- Lockport, New York
- B.A., Syracuse University, 1960; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1961
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