An unnamed cat experiences a metaphysical crisis.
The cat in question has mice on the brain—not just a few or even dozens, but 1 million. This is a feline whose mind can conjure up "ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FOUR mice zooming along on a triple-decker bus" as well as a single perfect mouse, "which he would see in great detail." The cat is so focused on a goal of 1 million mice imagined that he forgoes time with other cats. But one last mouse remains elusive, driving the very purposeful kitty to distraction. When that last mouse appears to visit in actual form (it's unclear if it really happens or is imagined), cat and mouse have a wonderful day together, leaving the cat more hopeful and social. As readers might expect, the many, many mice are rendered in loving detail, and it's all very adorable. But the cat's anxiety about the limits of his imagination seems scarily joyless, and it's only after either a supernatural or coincidental visit from a biological enemy or a complete break with reality that this cat is somehow cured. Adults: this one might require more explaining and shoulder shrugging over the plot than bedtime might accommodate.
It's an odd book, but for anyone who has mice on the brain like this cat, there are more than enough cute ones in this book to satisfy.(Picture book. 4-8)