What Is It Like to Be a Cat?
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What Is It Like to Be a Cat? by Karla Kuskin
Book DescriptionA cat answers a young child's questions about such things as how much and where it sleeps, and whether or not it likes living with people.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780689847332
(254mm x 241mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 29-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Karla Kuskin
Boy Had a Mother Who Bought Him a Hat, Hardback (April 2010)
What's a boy to do when his mom buys him everything he wants? Should he take his new toys everywhere? The fun keeps adding up in this poem from award-winning poet Kuskin and "New York Times"-bestselling illustrator Hawkes. Full color.
So, What's It Like to Be a Cat?, Paperback / softback (May 2008)
With a whimsical text by an award-winning children's poet and beguiling illustrations by a Caldecott Honor Award-winning illustrator, this fun picture book features a little boy interviewing a cat. Full color.
Roar and More, Hardback (October 2004)» View all books by Karla Kuskin
Karla Kuskin's first book for children is as fresh and funny toady as it was in 1956, when it was first published. This fanciful blending of words and pictures portrays a variety of animals and the noises they make.
US Kirkus Review » A boy interviews his cat in an exchange that illustrates Kuskin's perfect apprehension of the feline psyche. When its questioner expresses some anxiety about dark corridors, the cat responds with utter scorn; with relish, it demonstrates both its sleeping and its leaping, explaining that "Sometimes a feline / must fly free." The delightfully sinuous verse slides in and out of rhyming patterns, slipping extra syllables into the line, or shortening them as the cat explores its mercurial moods. Lewin's illustrations lean toward the comic, presenting a character who is significantly goofier than it represents itself in the discussion. Her characteristic heavy black outline tends toward the lumpy, and the big yellow eyes give the cat a rather lunatic aspect. Regrettably, this disconnect between the illustrations and the verse does not sufficiently develop an ironic tension that could create picture-book synergy. One would wish for either a literal interpretation or a wholly over-the-top deconstruction of the cat as poseur. As it is, the result is a superficially pleasing but ultimately unsatisfying mismatch of word and image. (Picture book. 3-8) (Kirkus Reviews)
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