Books by Pat Thomson

DRAT THAT FAT CAT! by Pat Thomson
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

This fresh version of "Fat Cat" features lots of rhyming words and an infectious chorus. A smiling tiger-striped kitty, already chunky-looking in Busby's bright, unfettered cartoons, sets off down the road in search of food. Swelling as he goes until he crowds the edges of the page, he downs in succession a rat, a dog, a duck, and an old lady—"But was that cat fat enough? No he was not!" <\b>Learning the true meaning of indigestion after gulping a bee, however, he hiccups up his tummy's irritated occupants with a loud, "Meow, ow, ow!" <\b>and goes off with the old lady to fatten up on less contentious provender. Destined to be a story-time favorite, this is the most engaging rendition of the tale since Jack Kent's 1971 classic. (Picture book/folktale. 4-7)Read full book review >
Released: May 13, 2003

Thompson adapts a cumulative folktale told by Pura Belpre and others, in which a timorous lad acquires a cat, a dog, a piglet, and a parrot as bedmates to help him get over his old bed's squeaks and creaks. In sketchy, vigorously drawn cartoons, Daly gives the tale a contemporary country setting, outfitting the young insomniac with a pair of hippie grandparents and a lively animal chorus. Finally the bed breaks down completely—and when the new one proves to be too quiet, the clever parrot provides a litany of creaks and squeaks that effectively sends the lad off to slumberland. Rather ungraciously, the tale's antecedents are not acknowledged—but like earlier versions, notably Laura Simms's variation, The Squeaky Door (1991), it still makes a fine tale for telling, replete with animal noises and loud cries. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)Read full book review >
Released: March 31, 1992

The middle-child narrator has an ordinary enough family until it comes to aunts, of whom there are simply too many, each with some disconcerting trait: one kisses too much, another eats huge amounts; Aunt Zara makes not only her own odd garments but things for her reluctant nieces; there's even one aunt with all the appearance of being a witch. Thomson's wry, succinct text combines nicely with Clark's ebulliently expressive pictures for an amusing survey of idiosyncracies that children find inconvenient or embarrassing. Only the ingenuous greed of the conclusion seems a touch unimaginative: ``You can't have too many aunts at Christmas!'' Still, there's enough lighthearted merriment here (along with the social satire) to make this a worthwhile purchase. (Picture book. 5-8) Read full book review >