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SOMEDAY WHEN MY CAT CAN TALK by Caroline Lazo

SOMEDAY WHEN MY CAT CAN TALK

By Caroline Lazo (Author) , Kyrsten Brooker (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: April 22nd, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-375-83754-8
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random

Collage and oil paint whimsically animate this clever concoction of story-in-rhyme, geography, a young girl’s fantasy and a traveling cat. “Someday when my cat can talk . . . . / He’ll tell me how he hopped a ship / and where he stowed away. / He’ll describe the wind that blew his fur / as he sailed beyond the bay.” The endpapers list the 13 places on the cat’s itinerary as he recalls the fog on England’s coast, boasts of winning a prize for art in France, complains of the rabbits that chased him into Rome, crows about gondolas, salutes Greek athletes and remembers Holland’s tulips; backmatter adds “Facts Behind the Story” for seven countries. But the charm lies in the artwork, which captures the trademark traits of each site from a feline point of view. The what-if title and appealing cover are sure to entice kids into imagining their own pets’ forays. (Picture book. 4-8)