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Naughty Chérie!
     

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Joyce Carol Oates has a long list of novels about the complexities of adult misbehavior. Now she is taking on a tale of a less than perfect but greatly admired kitten. Cherie, the kitten is everyone's favorite but very given to doing what she has been told not to do. Suddenly she slips through the cracks into a world populated by what seem to be plush animals who all show the same kind of self-centered behavior Cherie does. After being pushed around and ignored, Cherie slips back into her familiar world a changed kitty. As much as she would like to push to the front or scratch things up, Cherie self-regulates and earns all kinds of praise and rewards. The moral of the story is fairly heavy handed; the illustrations are competently realistic but not wonderful. Those who love cats and kittens and agree that it is better to be nice than naughty are likely to enjoy this book, but others may feel that Joyce Carol Oates does best with adult audiences and themes. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060743598
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/08/2008
Pages:
32
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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Princeton, New Jersey
Date of Birth:
June 16, 1938
Place of Birth:
Lockport, New York
Education:
B.A., Syracuse University, 1960; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1961

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