WHEN THE SILLIEST CAT WAS SMALL by Gilles Bachelet

WHEN THE SILLIEST CAT WAS SMALL

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Bachelet returns with his pet from My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the World (2006), which is actually an elephant, to relate the cat’s early years. “Until I adopted a cat, I didn’t know a thing about cats. I was counting on my gut to help me choose an ideal companion.” The author picks a cat who loves milk, washing, play and sleep. He finds he made the right choice; his cat adjusts quickly to apartment life but sometimes seems sad. He buys it a stuffed, purple elephant, which the cat loves (though it sometimes gets lost). When his cat trades the toy for a squeaky carrot, the author thinks his cat might be entering a silly stage. Every cartoon picture of the elephant-cat shows it doing nearly the opposite of the author’s observation. As it cavorts with its elephant siblings, who all have cat-colored coats, the author’s cat obviously prefers not to drink milk, wash or play, and it prefers late-night TV to sleep. It also can’t get rid of that elephant toy fast enough. This French import is as much of a goofy read as the droll first and sure to please the kids who are in on the joke. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8109-9415-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2007




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