COOL CAT, SCHOOL CAT by Judy Cox

COOL CAT, SCHOOL CAT

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Age Range: 8 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

Gus and his family have just moved to a new apartment, but Gus is not making the most of his new start. His mother hints that his lack of focus, scatterbrained behavior, and general attention problems are nothing new. Even on the way to school on the very first day, a howling animal distracts Gus. The animal turns out to be a cat and Gus slips a string around its neck and tries to catch it. The cat escapes, Gus is scratched and bleeding, and he is late for school. This story, though good-hearted, lacks a sense of time and place. Except for the teacher’s cursive writing on the board, readers have no idea of Gus’s age or grade. Many of the situations seem unrealistic. Would a young boy with two parents really walk to a new school in a new neighborhood all alone on the first day? Would a child approach a wild animal and be able to slip a string around its neck? Would a new student be able to find an empty office and keep a cat there for weeks, undetected, without a litter box? Unlikely situations, awkward writing (including strange similes and confusing shifts from third person to first person narration), and an undefined setting add up to an unsatisfying back-to-school story. (Fiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 2002
ISBN: 0-8234-1714-X
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2002




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