Pretty Kitty
Pretty Kitty
Publisher's Hardcover15.29
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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.
Catalog Number: #169214
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8050-9232-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-8050-9232-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017957922
Dimensions: 23 x 30 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In this homage to Green Eggs and Ham for the cat-loving set, a lonely old man in a big city sees a pretty little itty-bitty kitty cat, but snarls, "I do not want a kitty cat. SCAT!" The refrain continues when two cats show up on his doorstep. But he states poetically: "Might have FLEAS. Or some DISEASE." As the count and refrain continue, there are finally 10 kitties on the mat, mewing plaintively. As the 10 cats line up scratching at his door, it begins to snow, and the final spread reads, "Old man. Big city. Loves each pretty little kitty." Sly readers will notice why the kitties keep showing up that cat food on the grumpy old man's grocery list?! d the humorous cartoonlike digital illustrations in warm colors showcase the 10 distinct personalities of the various cats. The old man's expressions range from anger and tears to eventual acceptance and contentment. Children will enjoy counting and following the felines as their numbers grow in this rhyming read-aloud.
Horn Book
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.
Publishers Weekly
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)
School Library Journal
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
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School Library Journal (6/1/18)
Word Count: 483
Reading Level: 1.7
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 502607 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD380L

Old man, big city. Pretty kitty, pretty little itty bitty kitty cat.In this charming counting book, a lonely old man discovers one kitty on his front step. But he does not want a kitty cat--scat! As the number of kitties grows, will the man find room in his heart--and home--for his new feline friends?Godwin Books

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