A big, round cat--with a face only a mother (or distraught owner) could love--gets lost. His owner peppers the town with ""Lost Cat"" posters, while the feline takes up residence at Le Cafâ€š Chat Perdu. His shenanigans drive the proprietor nuts; a ""Cat Found"" notice is also posted, which leads to a happy reunion. Children will love the way the clockwork couplets in Hardy's first book render two perspectives of the cat's best (or worst) qualities. The owner's poster says, ""Black stripes/Whiskers white/Nose is pink/Has an overbite,"" while the restaurateur's states, ""Huge pink nose/Whiskers light/Some are missing/Some are white . . . Teeth stick out/and don't bite right."" Goldin's broadly humorous drawing style has a kinship with the art of comic strips--his characters would be right at home in Popeye's neighborhood. The artist portrays the cat--rightly, readers will say--as a total rascal; he's garrulous, colossally independent, and immune to all human concerns.