Scrawny Cat

Scrawny Cat


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Scrawny Cat by Phyllis Root, Alison Friend

A lonely cat, a rainy night, and an empty dinghy launch a heartwarming, seafaring tale about finding home in unlikely places.

The scrawny cat used to belong to someone, someone who scratched his ears and let him lick her chin and knew his name. Now the only thing anyone ever calls him is “get out of here!” But when a snarling dog and a blowing rain turn the scrawny cat into a sailor cat, he learns that even a scared and shivery stray can find a kindred soul at the end of a storm-tossed night. Phyllis Root's lyrical narrative joins with charming illustrations by Alison Friend in a classic, comforting tale about a lost creature that cat lovers (and story hounds) will cozy up to.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763641641
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 808,497
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Phyllis Root is the author of numerous books for children, ranging from the lyrical TEN SLEEPY SHEEP and OLIVER FINDS HIS WAY to the rollicking ONE DUCK STUCK and TOOT TOOT ZOOM! Her down-home creation myth, BIG MAMA MAKES THE WORLD, won the prestigious Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Phyllis Root lives in Minneapolis.

Alison Friend's first book for Candlewick Press was WHAT COLOR IS CAESAR? by Maxine Kumin. She also creates greeting cards. Alison Friend lives in South Yorkshire, England.

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GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Confession: I absolutely cannot resist kittens or cats. Admittedly, I'm totally untrustworthy anywhere near where cats are offered for adoption. That said you'll know there's bias in my comments re SCRAWNY CAT. Alison Friend's gouache illustrations are sweet, touching when we first see the cat with his bony body and huge golden eyes. "He was lonely. He was little. He was lost." He had once belonged to someone who was kind to him and knew his name. But now everyone called him "Get out of here" as he was repeatedly shut out of any place of comfort or safety. One day a big dog began to chase the cat who ran for his life all the way to the dock where he hid in a dinghy. When a heavy storm developed the dog ran away but the wind blew so hard that it broke the rope tying the dinghy to the dock. What can happen to a small hungry cat when he finds himself alone at sea? Phyllis Root provides a satisfying answer to that question. - Enjoy. - Gail Cooke