The opening verse of this traditional song from Canada goes, "Old Mister Johnson had / troubles of his own, / He had a yellow cat that / wouldn't leave his home." Alternating between double-page spreads, framed pictures, and spot art, Slavin's watercolors depict the home that really belongs to the master's pet--cat sitting in the comfortable chair, milk bottles strewn about, and homeowner vacuuming up cat food. Mister Johnson keeps trying to gain control of his life; he sends the cat on a cruise, on a train heading west, up in a hot-air balloon. But this cat is tenacious, and Mister Johnson resigns himself to his destiny. The song was made into a hilarious animated short, with which some readers may be familiar. But the book does a good job presenting a funny song and a funny concept. Music included.