Purr...: Children's Book Illustrators Brag about Their Cats

Purr...: Children's Book Illustrators Brag about Their Cats

by Michael J. Rosen
     
 
Warm and wayward, whimsical and sly, cats make home a more interesting place for millions of people, including illustrators Lane Smith and Peter Sis. In this tribute to the lovable, enigmatic, and mischievous cat, over 40 illustrators celebrate their favorite felines. All artists' rotalties will be donated to The Company of Animals Fund to care for abused, needy, and

Overview

Warm and wayward, whimsical and sly, cats make home a more interesting place for millions of people, including illustrators Lane Smith and Peter Sis. In this tribute to the lovable, enigmatic, and mischievous cat, over 40 illustrators celebrate their favorite felines. All artists' rotalties will be donated to The Company of Animals Fund to care for abused, needy, and neglected animals. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Cats really don't care if they please people, says Rosen. They already know that they are gorgeous, gifted and quite self-reliant. More than forty-five children's book illustrators contributed art and their reflections on their pet cats. Cats are shown in all their glory in a range of styles from realistic photographs by Dennis Mosner, cartoons by Tony Ross, and muted cats in various poses on end papers by Ed Young. An engaging collection that will delight the senses of all cat lovers. Proceeds will go to The Company of Animals Fund which supports programs that care for strays and provide medical care for pets.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 5-Pause a moment to enjoy this potpourri of cat tales, poems, anecdotes, fantasies, and artwork. Similar in format and design to Rosen's Speak! (Harcourt, 1993), this title features 43 children's book illustrators, each of whom takes a page to showcase their widely different talents and relate their favorite feline encounters. The result is a book that's varied in style and tone. Janell Cannon's cat Vincent "works as an excellent thermometer." Victoria Chess can't speak of her current pets without remembering those who preceded them: "They overlap like the seasons." Vladimir Radunsky introduces Fedora, who perches contentedly on a bald man's head. Nancy Willard writes an ode to her six-toed cat, Thumbs, and Robert Sabuda falls victim to Tammy and Reba's need for "The Perpetual Nap." Ranging from the heroic to the humorous, these vignettes will appeal to feline fanatics young and old. Animal lovers will also like to know that profits from this book support animal welfare agencies throughout the country.-Joy Fleishhacker, New York Public Library
Stephanie Zvirin
. Although a dog owner himself, editor, illustrator, and animal lover Rosen sees no conflict in championing cats, as he and 40 plus illustrators do in this companion to "Speak!" (1993), a brag book about dogs. There are a few memorable snippets of text, among them a nice poem by Nancy Willard, but, as in the previous book, the text is simple and rather nostalgic, consisting mostly of plain-spoken tributes to beloved felines. It's the art that grabs attention, and the oversize format allows plenty of room for expression. There are large, full-color paintings, black-and-white thumbnail sketches, and even cartoon strips--all devoted to feline posturings and posings, moods and habits. The pictures, by such luminaries as Janet Stevens, Steven Kellogg, Audrey Wood, and Diane Stanley, will certainly attract the picture-book set and middle-graders, but it will likely be adult cat fanciers (and art students) who appreciate the book most. Profits go to The Company of Animals, an organization that offers grants to animal welfare agencies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152008376
Publisher:
Harcourt Children's Books
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
42
Product dimensions:
8.68(w) x 12.34(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
7 Years

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