The whimsical journal of a cat, chronicling its nine lives, lived through the ages. A note explains how the cat's owner, Mamie Pennyfellow, found it lying under her couch; another note, from the publisher, explains the thinking behind its publication, as well as the scrutiny of the manuscript undertaken by experts. Clio's first entry dates back to Mesopotamia, in 3000 B.C., where the feisty feline helped to name the constellations. The next entry jumps ahead 1500 years to China, where Clio inadvertently becomes the world's first sundial. With each new life, Clio makes her mark, whether she's helping Leonardo with his inventions, inspiring the Roman alphabet, or accidentally aiming Leif Eriksson toward America. Her most recent contribution is nine new lives--kittens. Using a variety of illustrative styles but keeping the look of this ""find"" deliberately rough, Priceman (How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, 1994, etc.) inscribes the historical record on brown parchment; with its footnotes and hand-lettered entries, this entertaining diary is most convincing.