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Pretty Kitty
Contributor(s): Beaumont, Karen, Laberis, Stephanie (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0805092323     ISBN-13: 9780805092325
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: June 2018
Annotation: A lonely old curmudgeon scats away love-seeking homeless kitties before a growing number of them edge their way into his home and heart, in a sweet counting story told through comic artwork and simple, evocative rhymes.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Cats; Fiction.
Counting; Fiction.
Humorous stories.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cats
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Counting & Numbers
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2018109133
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 12.00" W x 0.50" (0.95 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):

Karen Beaumont is the author of many books for children, including the New York Times bestseller I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!; Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book Louella Mae, She's Run Away!; and Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? She lives in San Martin, California.

Stephanie Laberis is an illustrator and character designer who specializes in creating art for animation, children's publications, and toys. She is the illustrator of Prudence the Part-Time Cow by Jody Jensen Shaffer. She lives in San Francisco.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
A chance encounter between an elderly man and a stray cat begins this cumulative tale in verse. Despite the narrator's refrain "I do not want a kitty cat," he relents when it begins to snow and winds up with not the one, but ten cats. (His reluctance is revealed to be grief over a lost feline friend.) The text paces the sweet story well with consistent rhyme and rhythm, and the expressive, cartoonlike illustrations use panels and speech bubbles to great effect. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 April #3)

In a big city in wintertime, a grumpy old man seems to be the furthest thing from a cat person—so, of course, he's catnip to 10 adorable strays. In rhyming couplets, Beaumont (Hats Off to You!) counts the kitties as they aggregate on the man's doorstep with howls and beseeching eyes: "9 kitties on the mat. /Please don't look at me like that. /I do not want a kitty cat." But there are signs that he doth protest too much, which Laberis (Bright Lights, Big Kitty!) underscores by alternating moody double-page scenes of his solitary urban life—taking full advantage of the book's horizontal format—with tightly focused vignettes that show the current fluffy, cuddly war for the man's heart. As snow arrives, the man closes the door on the pitiful feline huddle, and readers see, in a wordless spread of his living room, photos of a beloved cat from his younger days. In one, the now-balding man has a full head of bright red hair and is nuzzling his pet. It's a breathtaking moment of revelation; suddenly everything from preceding pages falls into the place. Now the question becomes, is he ready to love again? Spoiler alert: yes. Author's agent: the Fogelman Agency. Illustrator's agent: Anne Moore Armstrong, Bright USA. Ages 4–8. (June)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 June)

PreS-Gr 1—A lonely old man, living alone in a big city, knows he does not want a pet cat. One night he meets up with a cute kitten while walking home from the grocery store. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to get rid of the feisty feline. It follows him home even after it's told to scat. Unfortunately, the old man's problem is far from over. The next day, he finds two kittens on his door mat. Then three greet him. Four cats and then five! When will this stop? This is a sweet book about a man opening his heart and home to 10 lovable cats. The illustrations are bold and full of detail. The colorful cats vary in appearance and are full of playful antics. They swat at him through the letter slot, frolic with his newspaper, and play with his slippers. Their big pleading eyes will make anyone give in to them. Readers see the elderly man slowly warming up to the animals, even though he tries his hardest to not care. He finds himself beginning to smile and enjoys spending time with them. He feeds them and even worries when the weather gets cold and snowy. The rhyming text and repetitive refrain encourages children to chime in and be part of the story. VERDICT This is a fun and engaging read-aloud for young children. And they don't even have to be cat lovers!—Barbara Spiri, Southborough Library, MA

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.