Pussycats Everywhere!

Overview

Karen has lost her cat, Mr. Whiskers, on Friday night. She looks all over for him, and decides to put "Lost Cat" posters on trees and light posts around town.



Soon cat rescuers begin to arrive at her home with "found" cats they leave ...
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Overview

Karen has lost her cat, Mr. Whiskers, on Friday night. She looks all over for him, and decides to put "Lost Cat" posters on trees and light posts around town.



Soon cat rescuers begin to arrive at her home with "found" cats they leave with her. By the time she has thirty-seven cats, she understands why -- she did not describe Mr. Whiskers on her poster, and every person who finds a cat delivers it to Karen.



Thirty-seven cats are a lot of cats. There are pussycats everywhere in the house, and Karen has a descriptive name for each: Purcee, Shredder, Clawdia, Groucho... all thirty-seven are painted in rich detail, and kids will enjoy matching names in the text to the illustrated cat.



Karen takes care of them for the weekend, inventing games, feeding and loving herds of cats. When she goes to buy more cat food, she sees posters for these cats too. With Mother's help, she takes each one to its home, and finally Mr. Whiskers turns up on his own, glad to be back.


Author Biography: Sheila McGraw is the illustrator of "Love You Forever" and "Lightning Bug Thunder." She is the author of "Papier Mâché for Kids" and "Painting and Decorating Furniture." And is, of course, a cat lover.


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Editorial Reviews

Jill Bryant
The rich illustrations span sweeping residential street vistas and cuddly kittycats that look very soft and furry.
— (Quill and Quire, November 2000)
Anne Parker
Colorful, realistic paintings support the well-written story. Young animal lovers will enjoy this entertaining book.
—(School Library Journal, December 2000)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
McGraw's (Love You Forever) cutesy caper opens as Karen tapes "Lost Cat" posters to neighborhood phone poles after her pet, Mister Whiskers, fails to come home one night. In the slapstick scenario that follows, Karen repeatedly answers her doorbell to find people bearing homeless cats. Though her feline brood grows to 37, none resembles Mister Whiskers (the girl forgot to include a description of her cat on the poster). Rather precious pastel renderings show the kitties snuggling up to Karen and her incredibly accommodating parents. McGraw does inject some humor with a depiction of how some of these curious critters "helped Karen with her homework" and "helped Dad with the laundry." An outlandish spread shows Karen's dream of a flying cat and three airborne mice, while two monotonous spreads present individual portraits of the menagerie, each labeled with a name bequeathed by Karen. In a rather simplistic turn of plot, Karen and her parents are able to return each cat to its owner by matching them to other "Lost Cat" notices. Then, on cue, Mister Whiskers appears that evening at their door, bringing this tale to a predictable close. Ages 5-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is a story by a cat lover for cat lovers. Mr. Whiskers has not returned home and Karen, his owner, has looked everywhere for him. One morning, she places flyers throughout the neighborhood in hopes that others may have seen him. Suddenly, cats of different kinds begin arriving at her front door. Karen has neglected to describe Mr. Whiskers, and her neighbors have brought every stray cat imaginable thinking it may be Mr. Whiskers. Soon the house is filled with 37 cats of every kind and color, creating all the mischief that cats can create. On her way to buy cat food one morning, Karen notices flyers for other missing cats, and realizes that the cats she has collected fit the bill. Karen and her mother begin returning the cats to their rightful owners. Then, Mr. Whiskers casually returns. Cat lovers will enjoy the dreamy illustrations of all kinds of cats, their many moods and the happy ending. 2000, Firefly Books,
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Karen is worried when her cat doesn't come home one evening. Early the next morning, she makes lost-cat posters and places them around her neighborhood, but forgets to include a description. Soon the doorbell begins to ring, as people bring felines that they had found in the area to her house. By the time her parents wake up, there are 37 of them. Karen spends the day caring for the animals and that night, she dreams about cats. The next morning, she goes to the store to get more food and, on her way home, finds 37 lost-cat posters, each with a picture of one of her guests. She and her mother return all of the pets to their rightful owners. That night, Mister Whiskers comes home, much to Karen's delight. Colorful, realistic paintings support the well-written story. Young animal lovers will enjoy this entertaining book.-Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Quill and Quire - Jill Bryant
The rich illustrations span sweeping residential street vistas and cuddly kittycats that look very soft and furry.
Canadian Book Review Annual - Alison Mews
So effective is the cosy picture of Karen cuddling four softly rounded bodies that you can almost hear them purr contentedly. This fanciful tale is purr-fect for reading aloud. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606201414
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Format: Library Binding

Meet the Author

Sheila McGraw is author of Painting and Decorating Furniture, Papier Mâché Today, Gifts Kids Can Make, Papier Mâché for Kids, Dolls Kids Can Make and Soft Toys to Sew. She is the illustrator of the best-selling children's books Love You Forever, and Lightning Bug Thunder.

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