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UNCLE ANDY’S CATS by James Warhola


by James Warhola & illustrated by James Warhola

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: July 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-399-25180-1
Publisher: Putnam

Readers will know they’re in for a treat when they glimpse the book cover: a phalanx of near-identical Russian Blue cats, with one particularly adorable specimen winking at viewers from under a signature white Warhol-esque fright wig. This book’s titular Uncle Andy is, of course, the iconographic pop artist Andy Warhol, here lovingly remembered by his nephew. The famous Warhol cats descended from a pair—Hester and her frisky companion Sam—that produced generations of kittens, quickly overrunning the tall, skinny townhouse Warhol shared with his mother. All the females were called Hester and all the males Sam, eventually becoming the subjects of a highly collectible series of screen prints. Warhola makes the most of the humor in the situation, flooding the house with cat after smiling cat, showing in cross-section the five floors of activity. The more quirky details of Warhol’s life and Factory companions aside, his oeuvre is both comprehensible and highly accessible to kids, whether encountered in museums or in poster shops in malls across America. This charming remembrance makes a famous artist real to both kids and art lovers alike. (Picture book/memoir. 4-8)