This handsome book tells of a tomcat's adventurous week while Taffy, his owner, is away. The story is told with an easy...

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TOMCAT TAKES A WALK

This handsome book tells of a tomcat's adventurous week while Taffy, his owner, is away. The story is told with an easy grace, in multiple frames per page, following the days of the week. The setting is a small English village and most of the action revolves around the tomcat finding a suitable place to snooze, none of which, of course, are particularly appropriate: a knapsack, a letter carrier's bag, a kayak, the tray at the bottom of a stroller--each one transporting the cat to a new locale where he finds treats or raises havoc. He also has a wild streak, stealing a fish and having a dust up with a dog, which chases him all the way to the train station and right into the arms of his returning owner. Unwin uses words sparingly and simply--""Tomcat is lonely without Taffy. Who's that walking past? Tomcat follows the walkers to the teashop""--and there is dialogue in balloons within the illustrations, giving the various places a sense of activity and life. The artwork has a lovely knack for capturing classic feline movements, as well as the hollyhocks and window boxes of cottages in the English countryside.

Pub Date: Aug. 15, 1998

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Andersen--dist. by Trafalgar

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1998