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Uncle Andy's Cats
     

Uncle Andy's Cats

by James Warhola
 

It all started with a little blue cat named Hester. Then along came Sam, and it was love at first sight? and lots of little Sams! While the cats are perfectly happy stampeding through Uncle Andy's art studio and frolicking among his soup boxes, the humans know things have to change. So Uncle Andy devises a brilliant plan to make his cats famous-and easier to find

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It all started with a little blue cat named Hester. Then along came Sam, and it was love at first sight? and lots of little Sams! While the cats are perfectly happy stampeding through Uncle Andy's art studio and frolicking among his soup boxes, the humans know things have to change. So Uncle Andy devises a brilliant plan to make his cats famous-and easier to find homes for.

James Warhola's childhood memories of trips to New York City to visit his uncle, Andy Warhol, inspired this warm, funny story of the famous artist's house full of cats. Kids will pore over the illustrations trying to spot all the Sams, as well as some very clever mice.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In Uncle Andy's (Putnam, 2003), Warhola mentions that his famous uncle lived with his mother and owned 25 cats named Sam. That throwaway detail has been developed into its own book. Cats tells the story of how Andy Warhol and Bubba start with a single feline named Hester, acquire a companion for her named Sam, and end up with 25 kittens that look like their dad. Overrun by cats in a house already filled top to bottom with Warhol's art, the artist and his mother create two books about the Sams, which lead to happy relocations for the kittens. Warhola has masterfully combined a childlike delight at the almost alien world that his celebrated relative lives in, while impressing on the audience the idea that even famous artists have to deal with worldly matters. The natural playfulness of the 25 Sams adds zest to an already eclectic household and provides Warhola ample opportunity for cheerfully chaotic illustrations of cats and Pop Art trying to coexist. Pictures such as a stampede of Sams running between Warhol's legs or the exhausted artist asleep in bed with only his trademark white hair visible among a sea of kitties are delightful. Young readers will be glad for this opportunity to revisit the tall, skinny house in New York.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Readers will know they're in for a treat when they glimpse the book cover: a phalanx of near-identical Russian Blue cats, with one particularly adorable specimen winking at viewers from under a signature white Warhol-esque fright wig. This book's titular Uncle Andy is, of course, the iconographic pop artist Andy Warhol, here lovingly remembered by his nephew. The famous Warhol cats descended from a pair-Hester and her frisky companion Sam-that produced generations of kittens, quickly overrunning the tall, skinny townhouse Warhol shared with his mother. All the females were called Hester and all the males Sam, eventually becoming the subjects of a highly collectible series of screen prints. Warhola makes the most of the humor in the situation, flooding the house with cat after smiling cat, showing in cross-section the five floors of activity. The more quirky details of Warhol's life and Factory companions aside, his oeuvre is both comprehensible and highly accessible to kids, whether encountered in museums or in poster shops in malls across America. This charming remembrance makes a famous artist real to both kids and art lovers alike. (Picture book/memoir. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399251801
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/09/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
734,580
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

James Warhola wrote and illustrated Uncle Andy’s: A faabbbulous visit withAndy Warhol, a Book Sense 76 selection. He lives in Tivoli, New York.
James Warhola wrote and illustrated Uncle Andy’s: A faabbbulous visit withAndy Warhol, a Book Sense 76 selection. He lives in Tivoli, New York.

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