Nobody's Nosier than a Cat

Nobody's Nosier than a Cat

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Beppe Giacobbe
     
 

Nobody's prowlier than a cat-a sneak-a-peek cat, a hide-'n'-seek cat.
How do you describe the most beloved pet in America? It would take a whole new dictionary of authentic and invented words to capture their essences. Watch out, Webster's! Award-winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti does this by penning super silly yet always acute adjectives in this

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Nobody's prowlier than a cat-a sneak-a-peek cat, a hide-'n'-seek cat.
How do you describe the most beloved pet in America? It would take a whole new dictionary of authentic and invented words to capture their essences. Watch out, Webster's! Award-winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti does this by penning super silly yet always acute adjectives in this vibrantly illustrated read-aloud book. Children will get a kick out of the wordplay while a cat-and-mouse team leads them to the wonderful surprise ending.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
"Nobody's nosier than a cat�a moon-eyed cat, a night-watch cat." This beginning sets the pattern of odd-rhymed, brief word-play descriptions of this elusive, difficult-to-describe animal. As we find that nobody is "prowlier" or "growlier," "naughtier" or "haughtier," cats and other creatures arrive upon the pages as adventures take place in and out of the house day or night. Any cat lover will recognize the many feline qualities portrayed, up to the final "Needing-a-lap...My lap. My cat." Giacobbe's computer-generated illustrations provide a visual counterpoint. The jacket and title page introduce a black cat and gray mouse who have their own adventures in each scene. Decorative rather than realistic, the pictures of cats being cats are very appealing. Interest is added as we search each scene for the cat hunter and mouse prey. 2003, Hyperion Books for Children, Ages 3 to 7.
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Bartoletti makes a statement regarding a specific feline characteristic ("Nobody's prowlier/than a cat-") and follows it by two descriptors that amplify or reinforce the initial statement ("a sneak-a-peek cat,/a hide-`n'-seek cat"). The formula is repeated on each page as felines are revealed to be spooky, cozy, haughty, etc. For the most part, the wordplay is inventive and imaginative, although occasionally it is forced. Giacobbe's digitally rendered illustrations use clean lines and a bright palette to showcase the animals in a wide range of amusing poses and situations. While not an essential purchase, this title will appeal to cat fanciers and would make a good introduction to a cat-themed storytime.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"Nobody's nosier than a cat- / a moon-eyed cat, / a night-watch cat." These opening lines set the pattern for the ensuing fanciful, if overlong and sometimes strained, celebration of cat qualities. Giacobbe's computer-generated illustrations picture a sharp-edged world full of all sorts of sleek, pointy-eared cats leaping, stalking, grooming, and snoozing in stylized tableaux. One black cat slinks his way throughout, chasing a mouse that is always just beyond his reach until the very last page, where both he and the mouse find themselves at last united with their owner. From nosier and dozier, Bartoletti works through other rhyming pairs, some felicitous (naughtier and haughtier), some less so (trickier and lickier), and one just painful (hoaxier and coaxier). A little pruning would have resulted in a tighter, better package all-around. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786816149
Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.18(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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