PRETEND YOU'RE A CAT by Jean Marzollo


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An invitation to creative movement: ""Can you hiss?/Can you scat?/Can you purr/ Like a cat?/What else can you do like a cat?"". . .or a dog, a fish, a bee, or a variety of other animals. Marzollo neatly avoids sounding singsong-y despite a repetitive verse structure; however, rather than a coda or an invitation for readers to continue on their own, she just stops (""What else can you do like a bear?""), leaving the illustrator to suggest a nap on the last page. Pinkney's exuberant watercolors make clever visual matches between the rather feral-looking animals and the children--some in make-up, masks, or costumes, all vigorously dancing, crawling, slithering, etc. A familiar idea (cf. Ryder's Snail's Spell, 1981) in an unusually lively rendition with superior illustrations.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1990
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial