Our Cat Cuddles

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Rich in language, humour and rhyme, this hilarious tale is perfectly complemented by Amanda Montgomery-Higham's witty illustrations. Lizzie and Dominic desperately want a kitten but they get much more than they bargain for! Complete with Audio CD to aid independent reading.
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Overview

Rich in language, humour and rhyme, this hilarious tale is perfectly complemented by Amanda Montgomery-Higham's witty illustrations. Lizzie and Dominic desperately want a kitten but they get much more than they bargain for! Complete with Audio CD to aid independent reading.
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Editorial Reviews

NPHA News
Here is a book which gives children a feeling for words and sounds, a joy for teachers and parents to read out loud, which uses a very ordinary, everyday kind of story to develop a very extraordinary use of language, ordinary language turned into poetry. This is a picture book written by a children’s storyteller who is a master at conjuring up pictures in the children’s minds and holding their attention just by the use of sounds. How many descriptions of a cat can there be? Read this story aloud – it’s a book to be shared – and you’ll be amazed. And there’s a twist in the tale at the end, to keep the children guessing.
Practical Parenting Magazine
A forlorn little kitten grows and grows until he becomes a fearsome lion. Written by a children’s poet and former teacher, this rhyming story rattles along at a lively pace, full of wonderful words and pictures.
Publishers Weekly
Lizzie and Dominic finally succeed in convincing (and nagging) their parents to agree to get a cat. But what kind of cat? Young Dominic seeks a feline comrade-in-arms: "A fat cat, a fierce cat,/ A ferocious, catch-a-rat-cat." Mom pictures a more gem tlichkeit scenario, featuring "a furry cat, a fluffy cat,/ A friendly, sit-on-your-lap cat." The animal shelter, meanwhile, provides little direction, since it's stuffed to the gills with a dizzying array. Of course, it's the tiniest, most pathetic cat of all that eventually wins daughter Lizzie's heart. Yet Cuddles grows into a cat to be feared (and indeed fulfills every parent's pet-related nightmare) when he becomes a havoc-wreaking full-grown king of the jungle (literally). British author and artist Phinn and Montgomery-Higham approach their domestic comedy with distinctly different tones. The illustrator's fluorescent palette, strong, swooping lines and off-kilter perspectives seem to be geared for a merrier verse than these rather mild-mannered rhymes. Still, youngsters will be buoyed along by the slapstick premise and punch line, which proves that once a family pet, always a family pet: a parting scene shows Mom, Dad, Dominic and Lizzie happily snuggling on the sofa with the kitty formerly known as Cuddles now the lion renamed Brian. Ages 4-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
A family ends up with more than they bargained for in their search for the perfect pet. Let's just say, Cuddles turns out not to be an appropriate name for the newest member of the household. Mom, Dad and brother, Dominic, all have specific requests for their dream cat. Sister Lizzie isn't particular; her heart is captured by the smallest, most pathetic looking cat at the animal shelter. This is a rambunctious tale for reading aloud with mostly strong rhymes, fast rhythm and fun repetition. The high-energy, campy illustrations are day-glo-colored and slightly skewed. They also contain quirky details for children to notice. A note pinned to the wall at the shelter lists the duties for the day—"walk dogs, find sheep, wake owl." The stars of the book are the dozens of cats described with every possible adjective. Children will be eager to spot the corresponding pictures of "city cats, witty cats, lazy cats, crazy cats, shy cats, sly cats, spit-you-in-the-eye cats," and more. 2002, Child's Play,
— Connie Van Hoven <%ISBN%>0859538648
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-When Lizzie's family decides to get a cat, brother Dominic envisions a fierce feline; Mom wants a friendly lap cat; and Dad wants a docile, "sleep-at-your-feet" pet. Little Lizzie, however, doesn't have any expectations at all. She picks out a scrawny, malnourished kitten at the animal shelter. As he grows, the family discovers that "Cuddles" is not a domesticated cat at all, but a very large, family-friendly, but destructive lion and his name is changed to Brian, since Cuddles doesn't quite fit. At times, the verse seems clunky and forced, the story itself is somewhat flat, and the twist at the end isn't entirely satisfying. However, Montgomery-Higham's brightly colored, wildly exaggerated illustrations add definition and dimension to the characters, and her personality-filled cats are a highlight of the book. Children will naturally point out the different types of pets, and will identify which cat matches the descriptors Phinn has provided. This book may be considered a supplemental choice on the basis of its visual appeal.-Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859538640
  • Publisher: Child's Play-International
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Series: Child's Play Library
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.65 (w) x 10.55 (h) x 0.16 (d)

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