Gr 2-4Three short tales to share with your favorite four-legged companion. The cat survives the tedium of "The Rainy Day" by napping, washing every body part imaginable, waiting for food to fall from the table, and finally willing the weather to clear. "The Yummy Bug" is stalked, captured, consumed, and eventually spit out as awful-tasting. Good behavior is in the eye of the beholder in the final story, when the frisky feline shreds the curtains, nibbles on a plant, and overturns the garbage before curling up and thinking, "My friend will by happy. I did not do one bad thing." Both words and pictures capture the contrary, persnickety, independent nature of these beloved animals. Written with a light touch, the humorous tales read aloud nicely. From the endpapers, decorated with a variety of breeds, to the clever borders that set off each chapter, the watercolor-and-ink illustrations are filled with amusing details. The gray-and-white feline featured in the pictures has quite a repertoire of expressions, ranging from pointedly disinterested to openly disdainful to perfectly contented. A delightful read for literate pets and their humans.Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
Shy, bold, and feisty by turns, Kelley's cat is positively purrfect as it stalks and capers its way through three episodes that depict a feline's winning ways. Pictures catch a range of emotions--from a sly stare when Kitty sees a tempting bug to a self-satisfied gleam after it has spent a wonderful day doing naughty things. Miller's stories, written using the pronominal you ("One day you [the cat] woke up early"), are funny as well as easy to read, making them great for new chapter-book readers, especially ones who have cats to cozy up with.
"These stories are action-packed little missives filled with incredible plot twists and dripping with pathos. Talk about your strong feline character! Any cat worth its whiskers will enjoy hearing the stories over and over again -- especially when hearing them from its favorite young reader." American Bookseller, Pick of Lists