A charming tale about friendship with a special appeal for feline lovers.

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BARRY BODEGA

A neighborhood market’s cat makes a new friend in this debut picture book.

Barry is an urban feline living in a bodega, a small store selling groceries and other necessities. He spends all day in or near the bodega; he especially enjoys playing with the bags of sunflower seeds and napping. But somewhat battered in appearance—“skinny, missing part of his ear, and his whiskers do not curl”—Barry is ignored by other cats in the neighborhood and lonely. Although he loves his human, Papi, Barry wishes he had a feline friend. One day, a blue cat named Henry returns Barry’s friendly wave and the two enjoy frolicking outside and inside the bodega. Henry’s human parents are alarmed to discover him there and at first forbid him from coming back. But Papi welcomes Henry to the bodega anytime, and they change their minds. Now, Henry is Barry’s best friend. In her book, Salad skillfully captures the life of a bodega cat. For example, a favorite pastime for Barry is knocking empty coffee cups off the counter. The desire for a friend is something children can understand, as is Barry’s pleasure in finding a pal at last. The illustrations nicely convey the cats’ humor (knocking over paper towels) and sweetness (napping together on stacks of bread). But not every cat owner would feel safe or responsible in allowing an indoor-only pet to navigate city sidewalks.

A charming tale about friendship with a special appeal for feline lovers.

Pub Date: March 9, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4808-5785-8

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Archway Publishing

Review Posted Online: May 1, 2018

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CINDERELLA

This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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THE LORAX

The greening of Dr. Seuss, in an ecology fable with an obvious message but a savingly silly style. In the desolate land of the Lifted Lorax, an aged creature called the Once-ler tells a young visitor how he arrived long ago in the then glorious country and began manufacturing anomalous objects called Thneeds from "the bright-colored tufts of the Truffula Trees." Despite protests from the Lorax, a native "who speaks for the trees," he continues to chop down Truffulas until he drives away the Brown Bar-ba-loots who had fed on the Tuffula fruit, the Swomee-Swans who can't sing a note for the smogulous smoke, and the Humming-Fish who had hummed in the pond now glumped up with Gluppity-Glupp. As for the Once-let, "1 went right on biggering, selling more Thneeds./ And I biggered my money, which everyone needs" — until the last Truffula falls. But one seed is left, and the Once-let hands it to his listener, with a message from the Lorax: "UNLESS someone like you/ cares a whole awful lot,/ nothing is going to get better./ It's not." The spontaneous madness of the old Dr. Seuss is absent here, but so is the boredom he often induced (in parents, anyway) with one ridiculous invention after another. And if the Once-let doesn't match the Grinch for sheer irresistible cussedness, he is stealing a lot more than Christmas and his story just might induce a generation of six-year-olds to care a whole lot.

Pub Date: Aug. 12, 1971

ISBN: 0394823370

Page Count: 72

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: Oct. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1971

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