From Japan, a series about a wily bunch of cats that (conscience-free and thus truly catlike) are bent on outwitting other creatures. They feed a hungry albatross, then follow him home planning to feast on him and his family--till one of the albatrosses proves to be of monstrous size, whereupon they flee. Next they move into an empty house, build another for the nephew of the pig owner when he turns up, then keep the new one because it's nicer--until a big wind blows it away. In the most didactic story, they go for a hike and disobey all warning signs--till a monster captures them in a huge bag labeled ""Do not get into the bag"" and puts them to work. Hungry, they seek and capture a giant fish and (offstage) reduce him to a startling, bony skeleton. Illustrated with lively drawings employing simple, childlike line and flat areas of bright color in arresting combinations, these stories have an odd, offbeat flavor that may not suit American taste. A curiosity.