Scrawny Cat

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A lonely cat, a rainy night, and an empty dinghy launch a heartwarming, seafaring tale about finding home in unlikely places.

The scrawny cat used to belong to someone, someone who scratched his ears and let him lick her chin and knew his name. Now the only thing anyone ever calls him is "get out of here!" But when a snarling dog and a blowing rain turn the scrawny cat into a sailor cat, he learns that even a scared and shivery stray can find a kindred soul at the end of a ...

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Overview

A lonely cat, a rainy night, and an empty dinghy launch a heartwarming, seafaring tale about finding home in unlikely places.

The scrawny cat used to belong to someone, someone who scratched his ears and let him lick her chin and knew his name. Now the only thing anyone ever calls him is "get out of here!" But when a snarling dog and a blowing rain turn the scrawny cat into a sailor cat, he learns that even a scared and shivery stray can find a kindred soul at the end of a storm-tossed night. Phyllis Root's lyrical narrative joins with charming illustrations by Alison Friend in a classic, comforting tale about a lost creature that cat lovers (and story hounds) will cozy up to.

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Editorial Reviews

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The events here are classic, the narrative is simplicity itself...Altogether, this is a satisfyingly fresh rendition of the old scenario of a wanderer landing safely in a loving home.
—The Horn Book

While animal-loving kids especially will sigh with satisfaction as the cat finally finds a kind-hearted caretaker, this plotline will likely resonate with any youngster who yearns for belonging... the little cat is a charming waif, from his bony frame to his huge, expressive golden eyes, and his skittish uncertainty is as effectively depicted as his eventual paw-kneading contentment.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Our hearts go out immediately to the little, scrawny, lonely, lost cat hero on the jacket of this heartwarming tale. Once he had belonged to a loving, caring little girl. But now, wherever he goes, he is greeted by, "Get out of here!" Chased to the dock by a dog, he jumps into a dinghy and falls asleep. As a storm rages, the dinghy's rope snaps. When he awakes, he finds himself out on the water. Fortunately, the boat drifts ashore on an island. The woman who finds him there picks him up, dries him off, and feeds him. He fears that she will toss him out, but she welcomes his company. Her name is Emma; she calls him Skipper. Now they sail contentedly together. Friend's gouache illustrations depict the seacoast town in single and double-page scenes. We see the storefronts, sidewalks, and finally the dock and the boat. The storm crashes across a double page. On the island haven he finally finds a friendly home with the good-hearted, also lonely woman. The gray skies on the front end pages have become blue at the end, adding to the emotional high. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Lonely, little, and lost, a scrawny, orange-striped cat wanders the streets of a coastal town. He once had a home and a girl who loved him, but now he is a despised stray. When a fierce thunderstorm drives him and the dinghy on which he is hiding to a small, isolated island, he finds comfort and a new home with a woman who is also lost and lonely. The gouache illustrations complement the pathos of the story, particularly as read in the cat's big, sad eyes. The text creates mild tension as to whether or not he has found a safe place to stay—but only enough to ensure relieved satisfaction at the end of the book when all ends well.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763641641
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,239,569
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Phyllis Root is the author of numerous books for children, ranging from the lyrical TEN SLEEPY SHEEP and OLIVER FINDS HIS WAY to the rollicking ONE DUCK STUCK and TOOT TOOT ZOOM! Her down-home creation myth, BIG MAMA MAKES THE WORLD, won the prestigious Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Phyllis Root lives in Minneapolis.

Alison Friend's first book for Candlewick Press was WHAT COLOR IS CAESAR? by Maxine Kumin. She also creates greeting cards. Alison Friend lives in South Yorkshire, England.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

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    WHO COULD RESIST THIS ADORABLE KITTEN?

    Confession: I absolutely cannot resist kittens or cats. Admittedly, I'm totally untrustworthy anywhere near where cats are offered for adoption. That said you'll know there's bias in my comments re SCRAWNY CAT.

    Alison Friend's gouache illustrations are sweet, touching when we first see the cat with his bony body and huge golden eyes. "He was lonely. He was little. He was lost." He had once belonged to someone who was kind to him and knew his name. But now everyone called him "Get out of here" as he was repeatedly shut out of any place of comfort or safety.

    One day a big dog began to chase the cat who ran for his life all the way to the dock where he hid in a dinghy. When a heavy storm developed the dog ran away but the wind blew so hard that it broke the rope tying the dinghy to the dock.

    What can happen to a small hungry cat when he finds himself alone at sea? Phyllis Root provides a satisfying answer to that question.

    - Enjoy.

    - Gail Cooke

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