CAT, YOU BETTER COME HOME by Garrison Keillor
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CAT, YOU BETTER COME HOME

Age Range: 6 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A characteristically wry morality tale in fur (or, more accurately, furs) from this country's best known storyteller, adapted from a track on his "Song of the Cat" recording (1991) and set to highly comical paintings by the illustrators of Jon Scieszka's Frog Prince, Continued (1991). Despite the narrator's rhymed threats and importunities, Puff the cat not only refuses to come inside, she strolls off into the night. Six months later she resurfaces, as Clarice, "the Number One TV cat-food queen," an international celebrity with minks, mansions, and piles of money. After a fall as meteoric as her rise, she reappears at the door, flabby, dissipated, looking like "something the cat dragged in!" All is forgiven, as she vows to lay off the white rats in chocolate sauce and other rich food forever. Deep shadows, skewed perspectives, and wickedly funny details give the scenes a sophisticated look perfectly suited to Puffs fixed air of disdain and Keillor's palpitated eloquence. The final scene is a cat lover's dream (or nightmare): a streetful of cats, many apparently pregnant, representing all those who have ever strayed, wearily limping homeward. A must for all who read to their cats -- a blithe and blissful must for all. (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-670-85112-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1995




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