THE BEST CAT by Valeri Gorbachev

THE BEST CAT

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Age Range: 2 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Bootsy is a remarkable cat; everyone in the family concurs. When Grandmother sees Bootsy balancing a ball of yarn on her paws, she says Bootsy is a real clown. Jeff readily agrees and imagines her clowning at the circus. Ginny points out Bootsy would be scared of the lights and the applause. Father thinks Bootsy would make a great football player when she runs off with his slipper. Jeff agrees again, but Ginny begs to differ. Apparently Ginny doesn’t think Bootsy is a ballerina, or a fisherman, either…but there is one opinion of Bootsy that Ginny and Jeff share—that she’s the BEST cat in the world. Ukrainian-born author/illustrator Gorbachev’s watercolors, infused with a warm yellow cast, give this tale of feline adoration a slightly retro feel. The realistic gainsaying relationship between siblings Ginny and Jeff is a great counterpoint to the absurd imaginings of Bootsy accepting flowers in a tutu and pulling in the nets in a yellow rain slicker. A good but not essential addition to kitty, family or imagination storytimes. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3675-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2010




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