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ENCORE, OPERA CAT! by Tess Weaver


by Tess Weaver & illustrated by Andrea Wesson

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-547-14647-8
Publisher: Clarion

Alma is a cat with a talent and a dream: She can sing opera, and she wants to perform on stage just like her human, Madame SoSo. Alma’s voice is too big for their Italian apartment, so Madame SoSo tries to tell Maestro about her new find. He, however, is too busy planning their upcoming European tour to listen, and Alma and Madame SoSo hatch a plan to debut Alma incognito in an upcoming Swiss performance. Humorously detailed watercolors and poetic yet giggle-worthy text follow the travails of the traveling twosome as they arrive at the concert in the nick of time. Alma realizes that a costume won’t really disguise her feline nature, so she appears as herself and sings to the admiration of Maestro and the concert goers, and changes the face of opera for times to come. Ultimately a story about being yourself and following your dreams, this tuneful tale of musical triumph will strike a chord with cat lovers, music appreciators and burgeoning individuals alike. Brava! (Picture book. 5-8)