There Are Cats in This Book

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Open the covers of this extraordinarily inventive, interactive book to find that the cats inside are ready to play ? in very surprising ways.

There they are, purring under a blanket. But not for long! Three sprightly cats named Tiny, Moonpie, and Andre are eager to involve you in their games, whether it's tossing a ball of yarn (oof!), lifting flaps to find them in boxes (comfy), or getting caught in a pillow fight (biff!). As their antics get wilder still, they'll need a kind ...

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Overview

Open the covers of this extraordinarily inventive, interactive book to find that the cats inside are ready to play — in very surprising ways.

There they are, purring under a blanket. But not for long! Three sprightly cats named Tiny, Moonpie, and Andre are eager to involve you in their games, whether it's tossing a ball of yarn (oof!), lifting flaps to find them in boxes (comfy), or getting caught in a pillow fight (biff!). As their antics get wilder still, they'll need a kind soul to blow on the page to dry them off! With an irresistible story that directly engages the reader, this book's clever design and bright, gestural illustrations make for cat-tastic lift-the-flap fun.

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Publishers Weekly

Interactive pages colored with ink, paint and photo collage invite readers to revel in what felines already know: that the mere existence of cats is cause for festivity. Schwarz (The Adventures of a Nose) sets a jokester mood from the get-go, from the partial jacket, which lets cats peep out at readers, to text that begins on endpapers ("The cats aren't on this page"). Flaps, the first of them multi-layered and cat-shaped, and die-cut pages capture the essence of play. The "very friendly" Tiny, Moonpie and André, each a different primary color, entice the audience with dialogue balloons: "Hello. Who are you?... Are you nice?... You look nice." The felines plunge with wild abandon into a tableau of sumptuous yarn and later demand release from exotically decorated lift-the-flap boxes. Elsewhere, flaps unveil a pillow fight in progress, as well as a sutured stuffed dog named Biff, and a mishap results in a "tidal wave" of rogue fish, bewildered foils to their cat counterparts. The whirlwind of pure kinetic energy ensures that readers are wholly part of the impenitent kitty world and will be reluctant to say goodbye. Ages 3-up. (Nov.)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
There are indeed cats in this book, three of them, peering mischievously over the partial dust jacket from the cover. One named Andre is large, chubby and yellow; Moonpie is tall, thin and blue; the little one saying, "Meow!" is red and named Tiny; all smile cheerily. Schwarz tells us on the first end page that they aren't on that page, or on the next. But she tells us that they would "love to play with you." And on the next double page, complete with purrs, a patchwork quilt can be lifted to reveal first Tiny, saying, "Huh?" Lift his flap and he says, "Hello. Who are you?" Lift Moonpie next, as he asks, "Are you nice?" Then Andre notes, "You look nice…" Lift him and the reader is encouraged to follow the yarn Tiny is pulling to the next page. And so the jolly cats take the reader on an interactive adventure, turning pages, lifting flaps, opening boxes, into a pillow fight, even blowing the cats dry. The fun comes to an end as the sleepy cats offer a goodnight kiss, ask to be tucked in, and request that you "come and play with us again soon…" The brushwork with ink is very loose; no attempt is made to manipulate the colors. No settings are needed to tell the story, just the lively articulated cartoon-y cats, the few speech balloons and a couple of props like a school of colorful fish. The pages are cut to add action as the reader handles them. The invitation to come and play again is sure to be accepted by the very young. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

Through a series of instructive lift-the-flap pages, children meet Tiny, Andre, and Moonpie, three colorful and friendly moggies that want to play with yarn, and boxes, and readers. Each turn of the page is celebrated by the cats as it reveals not only what lies ahead, but even the option of going back a page when the appeal of yarn is almost too much to relinquish. The book finishes with an invitation to come back another day, which is no doubt the wish of any cat, or book-to be revisited and adored again and again. The artwork, like the story, is simple yet effective-bold, primary colors are set against white space with elements of collage thrown in to provide texture and a sense of reality. This book joins Mélanie Watt's Chester (Kids Can) and Peter Catalonatto's Ivan the Terrier (S & S, both 2007) as picture books that are not so much reading experiences as explorations of how a book is a creative, interactive tool. Buy in duplicate, because these kitties will get a lot of attention.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763639235
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Viviane Schwarz is the author-illustrator of SHARK and LOBSTER'S UNDERSEA ADVENTURE and the highly acclaimed picture book THE ADVENTURES OF A NOSE.

Of THERE ARE CATS she says, "I thought, wouldn't it be nice if you could give someone a book that's not just about cats, but actually full of cats? This book is a place for three friendly cats to live, and it contains everything they need to be happy — except someone to play with."

She grew up in Germany but now lives in London.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    My son LOVES this book!!

    My 2 year old son and I read this book every night before bed. He loves how interactive it is. It's a must read!

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