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OSCAR AND THE MOONCATS by Lynda Gene Rymond

OSCAR AND THE MOONCATS

By Lynda Gene Rymond (Author) , Nicoletta Ceccoli (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 22nd, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-618-56316-6
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

What is it about cats and moons? Here Oscar, who loves high places, takes a mighty leap from the rooftop and actually reaches the Moon—where he finds lots of silvery feline playmates and a crater filled with sweet cream left by a passing cow. Just in time he also finds out that tasting that cream would make him forget his beloved boy back on Earth. That would never do, so home he goes though, as usual, getting down is much harder than going up. Pairing a small striped cat and a lad oddly topped with short blue dreads, Ceccoli incorporates photographs, collage elements and figures resembling small plastic toys into elaborately worked digital starscapes that have a convincingly 3-D look. Young readers who wonder where cats go at night will find this an equally free-range alternative to the likes of Bruce Ingman’s Night on the Tiles (1999), Helen Landalf’s Secret Night Life of Cats (1998), illustrated by Mark Rimland, or David Almond’s Kate, the Cat and the Moon (2005), illustrated by Stephen Lambert. (Picture book. 6-8)