How silly we are. . .wanting to be like anyone except ourselves!"" exclaims Father cat, after he and his white-furred family have rolled in coal dust and the new, black-coated kitten has covered itself with flour in a mixed-up attempt to end the squabbles over color that began during a game of hide-and-seek. The jacket copy calls this ""an O'Henry-like plot twist"" which is stretching the point, and Father's solution to an unconvincingly posed problem is unlikely to surprise anyone. In any case Palacek's simpering, shapeless ""kittens"" are an annoying attempt to pass off crude drawing as childlike cuteness. First published in Japan as The Little Black White Cat (sic), this is a silly caper indeed.