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How to be a cat

by McClure, Nikki,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 5 copies
Available (4)
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Andrew Bayne Memorial Library Picture Book EB MCCL
Location  Andrew Bayne Memorial Library
Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  EB MCCL
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Toddlers j T MCCLURE Nikki
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Toddlers
Call Number  j T MCCLURE Nikki
Northland Public Library Children's Picture Books J BRD BK MCC
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  J BRD BK MCC
Western Allegheny Community Library Board Book JB MCCLURE
Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
Collection  Board Book
Call Number  JB MCCLURE
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Moon Township Public Library Toddler Books CHECKED OUT
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Toddler Books
In this tender board book, a kitten practices the basics of feline behavior over the course of a day. A single word of text per spread teaches readers "how to be a cat"-how to stretch, clean, pounce, feast-while the striking paper cuts illustrate the kitten's attempts to imitate an adult cat's mastery of each skill. At times, the kitten triumphantly succeeds, and at other times the kitten struggles, in vignettes that range from whimsical to profound. A celebration of all things feline,How to Be a Catalso tells a universal story of mastering life skills, and of the loving relationship between parent and child.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A brief author's note reveals that this simple picture book, composed of words that describe the behavior of cats, is based on the real-life blind and old cat that came with the house McClure purchased in 2011: Bud. There are two cats here, an older black cat with white markings and a younger white kitten with black markings; the older teaches the younger everything it needs to know to be a successful cat, one skill per spread. On the STRETCH spread, we see the little cat in front of the larger one, both in yogalike poses, while LISTEN reveals tips of ears peeking above a window and a singing bird outside. Although this could have perhaps been pared back a bit ( CLEAN and LICK, for instance, basically illustrate the same activity), the book is graphically beautiful. Rendered entirely in cut black paper, the black-and-white illustrations pop boldly on white backgrounds, while digitally added pale blue accents the same color as the typeface highlight a butterfly that appears throughout. Spare, with the feel of an art book, this gracefully illustrates the parent-child relationship.--Kelley, Ann Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "With their bold black outlines, sinuous curves, and ability to conjure mass out of empty space, McClure's cut-paper spreads can be mesmerizing. In this simplest of formats-the pages show nothing more than cats being cats, with a single word describing each of their actions-McClure (Apple) is at her best. For "Stretch," the edge of the page becomes a wall, as the black-on-white-spotted adult and the white-on-black-spotted kitten place their paws on it and push. A periwinkle-blue butterfly, the same color as the words, provides the subtlest accent, alighting on a stair as the two cats descend, the kitten diverted while the adult strides ahead, halfway off the page. Fields of knotted wood grain, a woven doormat, and bowers of leaves provide texture as the cats play hide-and-seek ("Wait"; "Find"), then return home to eat side by side ("Feast") and curl up together ("Dream"), the butterfly perched on the kitten's paw. Hours of close attention have gone into this, and hours of close inspection are likely to follow. Ages 2-5. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Subjects Cats -- Juvenile fiction.
Animals -- Infancy -- Juvenile fiction.
Cats -- Fiction.
Animals -- Infancy -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2019
Language English
Notes Cover title.
On board pages.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 16 x 21 cm
ISBN 9781419734991
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