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Narrated by a cat-loving little girl, this story is a hysterical romp through a family's pet adoption dilemma. Poor Dad does not like cats, and he voices his opposition to the steady stream of stray cats that always seem to wind up on his doorstep—thanks to a cat-loving Mom who wants to save every stray she finds. In an effort to win Dad over, the little girl hides a tiny stray kitten in her hood and convinces Dad to just give it one small squeeze. Dad manages, with trepidation, to stick out his ...
Narrated by a cat-loving little girl, this story is a hysterical romp through a family's pet adoption dilemma. Poor Dad does not like cats, and he voices his opposition to the steady stream of stray cats that always seem to wind up on his doorstep—thanks to a cat-loving Mom who wants to save every stray she finds. In an effort to win Dad over, the little girl hides a tiny stray kitten in her hood and convinces Dad to just give it one small squeeze. Dad manages, with trepidation, to stick out his pinkie and pet the creature. But now that five cats have taken over his favorite chair, he becomes desperate and makes a visit to the pound. Dad returns happily with a big, fat puppy—everyone gets something that they want. With hilarious ink and watercolor illustrations, this picture book demonstrates the resourcefulness, love, and compromises of a pet-loving family.
This is a purr-fect read-aloud for any family that finds that they too seem to collect animals. I'd even recommend it happily to dog lovers.
This one's a real winner. I want to read it aloud—to my class, to my grandkids, to my friends.
"This book expertly combines a comic, rhyming text with hilarious cartoon illustrations to create a completely enjoyable romp." —School Library Journal
"That Cat Can't Stay [is] an absolutely adorable book and exactly how the Viorsts once wound up with four cats." —Judith Viorst
"Parkins visualizes this comic opera with cartoon-like pen and ink and watercolor illustrations of cartoon-like characters displaying exaggerated behavior. Dad in particular is portrayed in lively vignettes." —Children's Literature
"He may rant and rave, but ultimately this softhearted dad lets the strays stay. David Parkins' hilariously detailed pictures add to the fun and the surprise ending." —Baltimore's Child
"This is a funny book with a riotous rhyming text and illustrations . . . that seem to leap right off the glossy white pages in visual hyperbole. It makes a great read-aloud. In fact, once you've read it, you'll long for the chance to share it orally. Even if you don't like cats this book will tickle you." —Puget Sound Council
"This is a rhyming picture book about our love affair with animals—a book for reading together, but it easily opens discussions about what we like/dislike, getting along, flexibility, and being open to change." —The Reading Tub.com
"The rollicking rhyming tale with its comical pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations is an enjoyable read-aloud for pet lovers." —Horn Book
Posted May 17, 2013
My granddaughter's preschool teacher read this book in class. My granddaughter absolutely loved it and brought it home for her mother to read (multiple times). I bought it for her 5th birthday so she could have her own. It was the best present she got. Everyone at her party also read it with great reviews.
The story is adorable with a little twist at the end. The illustrations were great.
Would definitely recommend this to any animal lover reader out there. You won't be disappointed.
Posted January 14, 2011
That Cat Can't Stay is the perfect blend of story, illustration and message. It is one of the best children's books I've read in a long time and I know I'll read it again many times. It made me laugh while incidentally making me think about the benefits of rescue. There is a sense of fun throughout the book which grabs the reader and doesn't let go.
The story is told in wonderful rhyming couplets that beg to be read aloud. The father in the story is an easy-going guy who doesn't like cats, which he tells his family at every opportunity. But his wife and children keep finding stray cats who need a home. Every time a new cat appears Dad goes through his reasons for not liking cats. And with each cat the reasons become more elaborate. His wife totally agrees with him but by the end of her agreeing the cat has a new home.
Five cats later we get a surprise. "That week, Dad said, "Look what I found all sad and lonely at the pound." And we were happy to discover." You'll have to read the book to learn what the family discovered.
What makes this a perfect book is not the vibrant writing alone but the superb ink and watercolor cartoons by David Parkins. He catches exactly the right note to go with the action of Krasnesky's rhymes. His illustrations of Dad mimicking feline expressions as he tells anyone who will listen why the cat can't stay are priceless. His facial expressions quickly go from stern to bemused to defeated to happy. He also catches the changes of emotion in the mother and children as one cat after another teeters between being thrown out in the cold and staying in their home. Parkins and Krasnesky should continue to collaborate because they obviously on the same wave length.
That Cat Can't Stay should be in every library and used frequently at story hours. The words roll off the tongue when it is read aloud and the pictures will make everyone laugh. It also should be in every cat lover's library whether child or adult. It's a book to be read often or whenever you need a lift.
- N. Marano
Posted February 20, 2010
The story and illustrations are fun, fun, fun. Children will begin repeating the words of the father in the story as the book progresses. This is definitely an animal lover's delight. And it looks to become an award winning book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 8, 2010
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Flashlight Press' newest illustrated picture book, That Cat Can't Stay, by Thad Krasnesky, is a delightful read-aloud that could very well have you giggling all the way to the pound to adopt a cat of your own. Using reverse psychology, Mom cleverly convinces Dad to allow a stray cat (or four?) to stay for a spell. But how many felines can one family feasibly find? Reminiscent of the whimsical works by Dr. Seuss, this book's lyrical style will undoubtedly capture and engage its little listeners; the repetitious rhyme will find them as curious as a cat to see how this tale ends. Whether you like the little fur-balls or not, the PURRfectly eye-catching, authentic illustrations by David Parkins will endear themselves as they bring this CATchy story to life. Why not check out this book; I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.