K-Gr 2-Horacio, a homeless little black cat and a voracious reader, discovers during a library visit that witches like black cats. Detecting the potential for a home, he notes that witches wear striped stockings and pointy hats, keep cauldrons, and use broomsticks for transportation. Full of hope, he goes out seeking someone who fits the description, but a little girl in striped stockings is afraid of him. He mistakes a janitor with a broom for a witch, and the only person he finds with what looks like a cauldron is offended when he asks if she is a witch. It is only when he returns to the library that he finds the home he is seeking. A flowing translation brings the flavor of the English original through clearly. Pawlak's acrylic illustrations present the charming and wistful hero perfectly, using cartoon forms, scratchy lines, and an antic sense of motion. Young readers will cheer little Horacio on and rejoice in the satisfying conclusion to his saga. A winner for any time of the year but particularly good around Halloween. Recommended for libraries and bookstores.
Ann Welton, Grant Center for the Expressive Arts, Tacoma, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.