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CAT JUMPED IN! by Tess Weaver Kirkus Star


by Tess Weaver & illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Nov. 19th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-618-61488-2
Publisher: Clarion

Weaver and McCully offer an amusing twist on the saying “curiosity killed the cat,” with few words, but lots of animated artwork that details the funny feline frenzy. When “someone” leaves the kitchen window open, a black-and-white cat jumps inside and dives into the garbage bin after a fishy smell. But “someone” orders him OUT! Instead, the cat dashes into a closet and leaps up to swat a hat with feathers, causing the shelf to crash. “Cat? OUT!” Upstairs he races, sniffing fancy bottles on the dresser, pokes back at another cat (seeing himself in the mirror), and everything falls down. “Cat? OUT!” But the studio door is open and when the cat’s paint-daubed paws accidentally create a painting on the floor, it’s the last straw. “Someone” opens her arms and the cat jumps in. Each incident is backlit with white space as McCully’s signature watercolors vigorously create the cat chaos. Human and feline foibles are spot-on with a purring finish: That “someone” isn’t seen until the last page. (Picture book. 4-7)