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COME BACK, CAT by Joan L.  Nødset


by Joan L. Nødset & illustrated by Steven Kellogg

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-028081-9
Publisher: HarperCollins

A larger format and full-color, revised illustrations bring new life to an old story almost every child (and cat) can relate to. Readers follow a young girl who desperately wants to win the affections of a friendly but timid stray cat. The narrative text, in which the girl speaks directly to the cat, does not stray from the original (published as Come Here, Cat in 1973) but a new playfulness with the typeface adds dimension: The font grows smaller as the girl and cat near each other, and larger when her voice rises, as when she scolds the cat for biting. Using collage and combining color with texture, Kellogg’s illustrations show the varying emotions of both girl and cat as they travel through an apartment building from bottom to top and back again. The orange tabby is often positioned in the right-hand corner, drawing the reader’s hand to turn the page and adding movement and anticipation not found in the more static original. Those who still own the previous edition will want this updated version. (Picture book. 3-6)