Gr 4 Up-A picture book for sophisticated readers. Upon the death of a rich uncle, Agatha Cat and her daughter Jessica embark on a round-the-world journey from 1899 to 1906 in search of Agatha's sister, Rosemary, who is to share the inheritance. At each place they visit, they see some local sights and customs and sometimes experience historic events, such as the San Francisco earthquake. Rosemary, however, has always just left for another country. The long, meandering narrative has a complex sentence structure, and both the language and the art are sophisticated. Throughout the story there are puns and humorous asides; some will appeal primarily to adults, and some, such as the veiled reference to a feline streetwalker in Paris, seem in questionable taste for a children's book. The lush color illustrations are filled with humorous details as well. Mice appear in nooks and crannies and famous works of art are shown with cat subjects substituted for humans. There are lift-out letters in envelopes and a foldout map. The story is primarily a device to expose readers to aspects of the countries the cats visit, which works well. There is much to enjoy in this book, but the questionable audience and the fragile construction of the inserts render it an unlikely library purchase.-Louise L. Sherman, formerly at Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
In 1899, Agatha Cat embarks with his daughter, Jessica, in search of a sister to break the wonderful news of a large inheritance. In the manner of a genuine travel journal, A Tale of Two Kitties relates their fascinating journey to such amazing places as London, Paris, Venice, Athens, Giza, India, and San Francisco. Along the way both mother cat and daughter cat write entertaining entries and letters relating intriguing tales of the many adventures. Enhancing this unique and very highly recommended picturebook for young readers of all ages, A Tale Of Two Kitties is enhanced with three interactive letters that pull out of actual envelopes; a fold-out map of their travels; as well as simulated ticket stubs, photographs, and other memorabilia "taped"to the pages. Fun and informative!