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Some Cat!

Some Cat!

4.5 2
by Mary Casanova, Ard Hoyt (Illustrator)

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Violet has always imagined ruling a kingdom with sharp claws and velvet paws, so when she is adopted and goes to live with two dogs, she immediately takes over with a Meowww! Hisssss! and Spat! Poor George and Zippity try to befriend Violet, but they get nowhere. One afternoon, while her new family is out fishing, Violet is awakened by some stray dogs


Violet has always imagined ruling a kingdom with sharp claws and velvet paws, so when she is adopted and goes to live with two dogs, she immediately takes over with a Meowww! Hisssss! and Spat! Poor George and Zippity try to befriend Violet, but they get nowhere. One afternoon, while her new family is out fishing, Violet is awakened by some stray dogs who chase poor Violet into a corner. Luckily, George and Zippity arrive home just in time to help.

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“...this a fun read-aloud and a real child pleaser.” —School Library Journal

“Kids won't be able to resist. . .” —Booklist

School Library Journal
Gr 2—Violet is a thin little cat who sits in a cage at the shelter. Imagining herself ruling a kingdom "with sharp claws and velvet paws," she arches her royal back and frightens away most people with her meows and hisses. A man and woman decide to give Violet a chance and take her home, where she quickly shows their two dogs who is in charge. George and Zippity, who first appeared in Casanova's Some Dog! (Farrar, 2007), stand aside as the cat eats first, plays with one dog's favorite toy, and sleeps in the other's hammock. The humans wonder if she will work out. When three stray dogs invade Violet's kingdom, she runs for her life. George and Zippity come to her rescue, arching their canine backs and snarling until the intruders flee. The grateful cat settles down at last, content to rule with purrs and soft velvet claws. Expressive watercolor-and-pencil illustrations capture the personalities of the animals and the kindness of their humans. Often-repeated animal cries—Violet's "Meowww!" with Zippity's "Ya-yippity!" and George's "Wa-roo-roo-roo-roo!"—make this a fun read-aloud and a real child pleaser. It will spark discussions about shelter animals and the importance of allowing them time to acclimate to their new homes.—Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Kirkus Reviews
Violet the cat finds it hard to make friends with her new owners' two dogs until they show their loyalty despite her unfriendliness. Casanova's energetic text begins with a brief mention of Violet's previous home, where there was "too little food and too much shouting." Presumably that's why she hisses and spits at the people who stop by her cage at the shelter. Most walk away, but one couple decides to take her home. Once there she terrorizes George and Zippity, heroes of Some Dog! (2007). Things change after a trio of stray dogs finds her alone in the yard. Once rescued, Violet undergoes a serious attitude adjustment. From the cover that shows a wide-eyed, anxious-looking cat to the implication that Violet's earlier experiences shaped her personality to the fairly scary attack by the stray dogs, this is not a typically perky pet-adoption tale. Hoyt's illustrations, which appear to combine watercolor and pencil, set the story in and around a house by a lake and offer a mostly realistic look at the action. The cozy setting and some visual humor lighten the mood, as does Casanova's use of nonsense words to convey the barking and meowing of the various animals. Just as prickly as its heroine, this book requires an audience ready for its sobering back story. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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8.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
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Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Casanova's books include the popular One-Dog Canoe and The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town, also illustrated by Ard Hoyt. She lives near Ranier, Minnesota.
Ard Hoyt has illustrated several picture books, including the bestselling I'm a Manatee by John Lithgow. He lives in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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Some Cat! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
A distressed cat has been clawed onto the cover of Some Cat where the author has combined soft watercolors and scratched pen drawings to bring to life the story. Violet (the cat) has been imprisoned in the animal shelter, and she once lived where there was too much shouting and not enough to eat. Alas, she is continuously passed over for adoption because she hisses and scratches in protest. But finally a couple sees hope in her and does take her home. Home is also home of two dogs; and being the queen she thinks she is, Violet terrorizes the dogs. But one day danger strikes Violet in the form of stray dogs on the attack. She tries to escape but does so only with the help of her housemate dogs, George and Zippity and her new owners. This experience shows her she has friends and protection. I don't see this as the typical animal humane society story of adoption of a pet. I see it as a tale of the undeserving gaining friends and protection. However, I also see a darker underlying story of abused children available for adoption but passed over. I see them as striking back in their adopted homes once they do gain entry. I see them as vulnerable in the world (the stray dogs) and needing the protection of family. So even if you don't actually pass along these underlying, darker elements of the story to the child to whom you are reading the book. Perhaps it will plant a seed that family matters and family is protection. Also, that there is hope for the abused and unlovable. Illustrator Ard Hoyt has aptly drawn the illustrations of Some Cat depicting a distressed, angry, out of sorts cat set upon by stray dogs and saved by strong "family" with beautifully soft watercolors and brisk pen/pencil lines. Once "saved" the drawings of Violet (Some Cat) soften adding to the illusion that her life has adjusted and softened, too. Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy of Some Cat by the author in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to render a favorable review.
Mymcbooks More than 1 year ago
5 Stars My Review: This is a story about an adopted cat name Violet. Before she was adopted Violet knew she was meant for more, she was meant to rule a kingdom, with sharp claws and velvet paws. Kept in a shelter she would arch her royal fur when anyone stops by to look at her, but they moved on and chose a tiny kitten instead. Finally, Violet gets adopted by a man and woman and took her home. The moment she stepped into the house, she quickly shows their two dogs George and Zippity, who is in charge. She wasn’t friendly at all. This is a cute story about the difference in animals learning to get along and be friends. And a good story for every family. Sometimes we do need the help of others for no man is an island. What a great illustrations by Ard Hoyt combining watercolor and pencil to bring this story to life. FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.