I'M GOING TO CATCH MY TAIL! by Jimbo Matison


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Age Range: 3 - 6
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An uber-enthused kitty cat finds that sometimes it’s easier for everyone if you just ask for what you want.

An orange kitty with a fluffy (and talkative) tail suffers a bad dream. When the tail asks what the cat wants to do now, the disgruntled feline replies with the titular, “I’m going to catch my tail!” to which the tail responds, “No, you’re not.” What follows is an epic game of chase as the frolicsome appendage proves to have more than one trick up its proverbial sleeve. Through toilet-paper rolls, under blankets, amid laundry (cat owners will sympathize with kitty’s hitherto unseen owner), the cat eventually realizes that catching this tail is not an option. Turns out, the only reason he wanted to catch it in the first place was to get a hug after that scary dream. All ends well, tail willingly caught in a loving embrace. The vibrant brush, ink and digital art brings to mind a Saturday-morning cartoon, albeit a short one. With his triangular nose and ridiculously miniscule body, kitty’s appearance and antics will amuse, though after the initial read, there’s not much more to garner from the tale aside from the initial lesson of asking for things rather than just taking them.

An amusing “tail” of misplaced emotions, though it’s best the first time around. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4197-1382-8
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2014


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