The Alley Cat's Meow

The Alley Cat's Meow

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by Kathi Appelt, Jon Goodell
     
 

Red is a dashing, smashing downtown tomcat. Ginger is a jazzy, snazzy uptown kitty. But after they meet at the Alley Cat's Meow--the hottest boogie-woogie juke joint around--the sparks fly as they dazzle the world with their romantic toe-tappin', quick-steppin' dancing.
With all the spirit and charm of the classic Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals, Kathi

Overview


Red is a dashing, smashing downtown tomcat. Ginger is a jazzy, snazzy uptown kitty. But after they meet at the Alley Cat's Meow--the hottest boogie-woogie juke joint around--the sparks fly as they dazzle the world with their romantic toe-tappin', quick-steppin' dancing.
With all the spirit and charm of the classic Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals, Kathi Appelt's vivacious text and Jon Goodell's spectacular paintings will have young readers waltzing and jitterbugging right out of their seats.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Red and Ginger cut a rug in The Alley Cat's Meow, a lively verse story by Kathi Appelt. Modeled on famed dance pair Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, the two felines will waltz their way into the hearts of child and adult alike. Their meeting at a boogie-woogie juke joint, where Red debonairly signals for a glass of milk, seems straight out of an old movie. Appelt's jazzy text is as much fun to read aloud as to hear (a boon for parents). Jon Goodell's pictures convey well the joy of dancing, the grace of cats and the vital spirit of the city. 2002, Harcourt,
— Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This book has the look and feel of a feline version of a Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie of the 1940s. One enchanted evening, a dapper cat named Red hops on the A train, an obvious nod to Duke Ellington and the era of swing music, to make the scene at a "boogie-woogie juke joint called the Alley Cat's Meow." The rhyming verse chronicles the momentous meeting of Red and Ginger. He asks her to dance, and the rest, as they say-. Their partnership sealed with a kiss, they set out to wow the world with their artistic virtuosity. On the final page, the two are pictured dancing happily in the moonlight. Sophisticated painterly images of the high-stepping couple tap dancing and jitterbugging their way through nightclubs and on stage make for an attractive and at times humorous presentation. This affectionate look back at a golden era of jazz music and an arguably more elegant time seems somewhat out of sync with a picture-book audience, and the emphasis on romance may elicit predictable groans from youngsters.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Earning stratospheric style points, Goodell (Andiamo, Weasel!, p. 1130, etc.) portrays a pair of high-stepping feline dancers who'd drive Astaire and Rogers to the sidelines. It's love at first twirl when tiger-striped Red meets elegant Ginger at the titular "boogie-woogie juke joint." "They jitterbugged and cut a rug. / They did the waltz and samba. / Their cat-trot was exceptional, / Magnificent! ¡Caramba!" On they sweep, to wow audiences from Broadway to Vegas, on the silver screen, in Paris, Brazil, and Havana. In each setting, not only are they posed with joyful expressions and irresistible exuberance in mid-fling, but their clothes are magnficent: elegant tuxes or deceptively casual dress for him, splendid ruffles, liquescent silks, and luxurious furs for her. Paired to a toe-tapping rhyme from Appelt (Poems from Home Room, p.1214, etc.), this happily-ever-after terpsichorean triumph will leave readers of any age breathless. (Picture book. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152019808
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.34(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


KATHI APPELT is the author of many acclaimed picture books, including Oh My Baby, Little One, a Parents' Choice Recommended Book. She lives in College Station, Texas.

JON GOODELL is the illustrator of A Mouse Called Wolf and Zigazak! A Magical Hanukkah Night. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

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The Alley Cat's Meow 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a darling book! My girls (ages 9 and 3) both enjoy it and repeat lines from it ('She was jazzy, she was snazzy, she was la-di-da-di-da!') My husband and I also enjoy it and are happy to have such a charming book to read over and over (and over and over!) when our little one requests it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a gem. The words and the illustrations mesh beautifully to transport the reader into a fantasy world that allows the imagination to soar ever so briefly. It's not only a wonderful take on Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in a bygone era, but also a refreshing glimpse at originality without the trappings of mass marketing in an ever more Disney-ized, cartoon world.