THE CAT WHO WOULDN’T COME INSIDE by Cynthia Von Buhler

THE CAT WHO WOULDN’T COME INSIDE

A True Story
Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A stray cat appears on the porch, but runs away at the first sign of the human. At the next visit, it accepts some milk, but again runs away when invited to, “Come inside, kitty.” On subsequent visits, the human-shy cat accepts food, toys and several additional comforts, including his own armchair. But he runs away every time he’s invited to enter the house. Finally, he asks the woman to stay outside with him, and she accepts his invitation. Von Buhler builds the cumulative tale, adding ever more elaborate items. The fantasy creeps in quietly when the cat reads a book by the fire and it culminates in the surprise ending. The unique, eye-popping illustrations raise this work above the ordinary. Handcrafted, detailed set elements in a variety of materials, and three-dimensional clay figures, create depth and texture. Each two-page spread provides the reader with a glimpse of a world beyond the frame. An author’s note, however, is jarring and not suited to the intended audience. Otherwise, a sheer delight. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 2006
ISBN: 0-618-56314-8
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2006




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