What Cats Are Made of

What Cats Are Made of

by Hanoch Piven
     
 

There are thirty-nine distinct breeds of cats, and each one is different. How different? From the Siberian to the Exotic Shorthair and many others in between, Hanoch Piven uses everything from lipstick to circuit boards to show us what our favorite cats are really made of. After all, as Leonardo da Vinci said, "The smallest feline is a masterpiece."

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There are thirty-nine distinct breeds of cats, and each one is different. How different? From the Siberian to the Exotic Shorthair and many others in between, Hanoch Piven uses everything from lipstick to circuit boards to show us what our favorite cats are really made of. After all, as Leonardo da Vinci said, "The smallest feline is a masterpiece."

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School Library Journal

Gr 2-6

Piven's cats are made of "energy," "glamour," "toughness," "origami," "brains," "laziness," "guts," "legends," "showbiz," "mutations," "softness," and "history." Each of these words demonstrates a trait of 12 different breeds that are then factually described. However, the stylized illustrations, which are collages mixed with digital backgrounds, incorporate such items as yarn, fruit, toys, paper, and jewelry. This combination results in caricatures so extreme as to render the book useless as a guide. Each breed gets a spread, complete with a "Feline Fact," adjectives, and a bright backdrop such as lime green or purple. In addition, small, simple line drawings show cats cavorting across the pages, including a disturbing sketch of a feline in stalking pose aiming a rifle. Lumping the disparate elements together creates a hodgepodge effect. The book has too much factual information to be an effective ironic tribute, yet not enough to warrant a place in nonfiction. It just doesn't hang together.-Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416915317
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
03/10/2009
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
NC1020L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Hanoch Piven is the acclaimed creator of Let’s Make Faces, What Presidents Are Made Of, What Athletes Are Made Of, and What Cats Are Made Of, among other books for children. His incisive portraits have been published in the United States in such major magazines as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times. He lives with his wife and children in Israel. Visit him at PivenWorld.com.

Hanoch Piven is the acclaimed creator of Let’s Make Faces, What Presidents Are Made Of, What Athletes Are Made Of, and What Cats Are Made Of, among other books for children. His incisive portraits have been published in the United States in such major magazines as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times. He lives with his wife and children in Israel. Visit him at PivenWorld.com.

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