Wednesday, July 05, 2006
MR. PUSSKINS (PICTURE BOOK)
MR. PUSSKINS: A LOVE STORY by Sam Lloyd (Atheneum)
Look at this face. That's what I think of when I think "cat": a big, puffy, ball of grouchiness. From arched eyebrows to wilted whiskers, you'll never have to guess what Mr. Pusskins has in mind. But like many fans of all things feline, Mr. Pusskin's owner Emily doesn't get the picture and is all snuggles and huggles. When she exclaims, "Oh, Mr. Pusskins! What a handsome boy you are! I do love you ever so much," all he hears is "blah-de blah, blah, blah." After a night of debauchery, however, Mr. Pusskins finds himself downcast and alone and oh so far from home. Will he ever have the chance to make it all up to Emily? Girl, he's nothing without you! Uh oh, fasten your seat belt...this book is like Kevin Henkes' KITTEN'S FIRST FULL MOON meets Jack Gantos' ROTTEN RALPH. (4 and up)
Also of interest:
THE STORY OF MRS. LOVEWRIGHT AND PURRLESS HER CAT
by Lore Segal, illustrated in top form by Paul Zelinsky (Athenuem). The polar opposite of Mr. Pusskin's story, we have here a warm and wonderful pet who is faced with the task of defrosting a chilly owner. (6 and up)
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