THE THREE LEGGED CAT by Margaret Mahy

THE THREE LEGGED CAT

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Age Range: 3 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The premise may be slight, but the witty Mahy makes use of it with her usual panache. Tom the cat yearns to travel, but is kept home by a peg leg. His mistress, Mrs. Gimble, a sedate widow, would prefer an even quieter cat, one that slept all the time. When her footloose brother Danny turns up for his annual visit, an inadvertent swap--Danny puts Tom on his bald pate instead of his scruffy, molting hat--leaves all three happier: Tom gets to see the world; drifter Danny is glad to share his sausages with the wonderfully warm new companion he wears on his head; and Mrs. Gimble has "never had a better cat...cheap to keep, and always asleep." Allen's cheerfully bug-eyed characters, plenty big and bold enough to share with a group, wonderfully extend the merriment. (Picture book. 3-8)
Pub Date: May 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0140553312
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1993




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