COPY CAT by John Mole


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Age Range: 3 - 6
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 The title is meant to be literal: Oliver wakes up one morning to find a strange cat at the bottom of his bed that mimics everything Oliver does--brushing his teeth, playing with blocks, watching television, having lunch. Oliver turns the tables and starts aping the cat: When the cat washes behind its ears, so does Oliver; when the cat jumps onto the dinner table, Oliver follows suit. The cat leaves, but when Oliver wakes up the next morning, a strange dog is at the foot of his bed. Mole deftly conveys just how vexing mimics are, with a couple of refrains that story-hour listeners will find impossible to resist (``the cat did too'' and ``Oliver did too''). Willey's bright gouache palette is loosed upon cats in human positions and humans posturing as cats. A droll piece, and one that hits home. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-7534-5008-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Kingfisher
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1997


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