Mader, a former ad exec, debuts with the delightful story of a cat named Slipper that gets separated from its owner. Readers see the world as Slipper does: first off, she’s not hoping to get adopted by a human—she believes she’s the one doing the adopting. Additionally, the humans are identified only by their footwear; Slipper’s original owner was Mrs. Fluffy Slippers, and the cat meets Ms. Muddy Boots, Mrs. Iron Shoes (a horse), Mr. Cowboy Boots, and others during her travels, which conclude with a happy reunion. Mader’s fine pastels ably represent the details and textures of the environments Slipper explores and the people she meets, from a motorcycle’s gleaming chrome during a “fast and scary ride,” courtesy of Mr. Big Boots, to the parade of footwear Slipper sees walking the concrete streets of a town. As for the gray-and-white striped cat herself, Mader had a real-life model in a cat that found its way to his doorstep, and it shows in his loving and lifelike images showcasing Slipper’s delicate, soft fur. Ages 4–8. Agent: Brianne Johnson, Writers House. (Oct.)
"As handsome as the big-eyed tabby that stares out from its cover." — The New York Times Book Review
"Though the storytelling is gentle and the realistic illustrations soft-edged, there's plenty of emotional force in
Lost Cat." — The Wall Street Journal "Given the appealing subject matter, tightly focused visual storytelling and feel-good resolution, Slipper's adventures will likely find an enthusiastic audience, particularly among feline fanciers." — Kirkus
"A neatly told story, sweet without being saccharine, that charms from beginning to end."
— School Library Journal
"The delightful story of a cat named Slipper that gets separated from its owner."
— Publishers Weekly
"This tale of a lost cat who searches for someone new to 'adopt' should appeal to every child with a pet (or hoping to have one)."
"There are dozens of lost pet stories but this one skillfully utilizes an intriguing cat's-eye-perspective, vivid illustrations, and a happy (if unrealistic) ending to satisfying effect. Succinct, sonorous text also makes for smooth reading aloud."
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Slipper the kitten loves sleeping next to fluffy slippers, but now she has no home. She had a good life with Mrs. Fluffy Slippers, but things change when Mrs. Fluffy Slippers moves in with her daughter and daughter’s family but accidentally leaves the kitten behind. Mrs. Fluffy Slippers returns for Slipper, but Slipper has already left on her journey to find a new home. She rejects Mr. Muddy Boots because of his dog. She rejects Mrs. Iron Shoes because she is afraid of the horse’s hoofs. She rejects Mr. Cowboy Boots because he has a noisy truck. She continues to identify potential masters by their shoes and then to reject them. Finally, she finds a pair of shiny shoes that she likes so she follows the shiny shoes to a house. She discovers that she has followed Mrs. Fluffy Slippers’ granddaughter home. That night Slipper again sleeps next to the fluffy slippers she loves. Mader creates a heartwarming story that children will enjoy. The way he uses shoes to represent characters’ personalities is amusing. His pastel illustrations enhance the story details and endure Slipper to the readers. Reviewer: Jeanna Potts; Ages 4 to 8.
Children's Literature - Jeanna Potts
PreS-Gr 1—Slipper lives a happy life with Mrs. Fluffy Slippers. When the old woman moves, the poor tabby is left behind in the commotion. Chasing after the moving van, she gets lost and decides that she will adopt a new owner. Portrayed from the perspective of a cat, all humans are cleverly depicted as various pairs of footwear. Slipper rejects Ms. Muddy Boots, High Tops, and Mr. Big Boots and finally runs into Miss Shiny Shoes, whom she accepts, and who serendipitously reunites her with Mrs. Fluffy Slippers. Mader's full-spread pastels portray Slipper with realistic feline expressions that cat lovers and owners will immediately recognize. The depictions of poignant moments, such as the tiny cat in an immense dark forest with only the word "Lost!" above her or Slipper contentedly sprawled out on her owner's feet, are sure to capture the audience's attention and affection, and make them root for the intrepid feline. A neatly told story, sweet without being saccharine, that charms from beginning to end.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY
Attractive illustrations, gentle humor and a large but satisfying coincidence propel this first effort toward a happy ending. The plot is simple. A beloved cat, left behind in the bustle of moving, first tries to catch up then considers a variety of options before finding the perfect new home. Mader matter-of-factly describes Slipper the cat's wanderings and adds a touch of humor to the potentially poignant tale by assigning names to human characters based on their footwear. Shown from Slipper's vantage point, the pictures likewise focus on feet, from the cat's original owner, Mrs. Fluffy Slippers, through strangers that include the friendly Ms. Muddy Boots, intimidating High Tops and noisy Mr. Big Boots to the warmly welcoming Miss Shiny Shoes. Mader's realistic drawings, created with pastels, are particularly effective when a single image dominates the page (Mr. Big Boots' shiny red motorcycle on one spread, Slipper herself on another). While occasionally somewhat static, they add charm to the straightforward story and effectively portray both setting and characters. In at least one instance--a double-page spread that shows Slipper's silhouette, small and far off, engulfed by the dark forest around her--the pictures also add an emotional resonance that is mostly missing from the brisk text. Given the appealing subject matter, tightly focused visual storytelling and feel-good resolution, Slipper's adventures will likely find an enthusiastic audience, particularly among feline fanciers. (Picture book. 4-7)