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OPERA CAT by Tess Weaver


by Tess Weaver & illustrated by Andrea Wesson

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 21st, 2002
ISBN: 0-618-09635-3
Publisher: Clarion

What’s a diva to do? When Madame SoSo, opera star, succumbs to a sudden attack of laryngitis, her kitty cat collaborator comes to the rescue. Unnoticed and unappreciated by the humans in her life, Alma, no ordinary cat, has been lurking, listening, and learning each time the Maestro has visited Madame to coach her. Our fine feline friend has practiced to purrfection and with a voice like an angel (so like Madame’s own) lets her owner know that she is worthy to step in. But how to pull off the switch? “Madame SoSo piled her hair into an immense tower of curls. Soon Alma was hidden and their secret was safe.” An affectionate lesson about loyalty and untapped talent, Weaver’s first book for children is a gentle comedy with lots of life, deftly drawn through detailed settings, sensory allusions, and just the right amount of melodrama and romance. Bold enough to be appreciated by a group, Wesson’s (Jack Quack, 2001) quirky watercolor illustrations are appropriately light, colorful, and crisp, full of fanciful, pointy-nosed patrons of the arts and alive with enough behind-the-scenes action for most keen-eyed of kids. Brava! Bravissima! (Picture book. 4-8)