Mama cat has seven kittens. Little Reynard is the smallest, and his brothers and sisters tease him about his size and his orange color. Because he is so small and timid, the little girl, Lily, takes special care of Little Reynard. She gives him his own bowl and even lets him sleep on her pillow, yet sometimes he still feels he doesn’t really belong. Then one cold winter day Little Reynard peers out of an open window and sees two young foxes that look very much like him, and when the foxes invite him to join them, Little Reynard says yes!
In their second picture-book collaboration, following come meet muffin!, acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates and artist Mark Graham introduce an irresistible feline character who will make himself at home in your heart.
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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been several times nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. Her most recent novel is A Book of American Martyrs. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.
Mark Graham is the illustrator of several children's books, including Come Meet Muffin! and Where is Little Reynard? by Joyce Carol Oates. A graduate of Columbia University, Graham studied for several years at the Art Students League of New York and has taught at the university level. He lives with his family in Port Washington, New York.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 1-Graham's rich paintings are a mismatch with Oates's predictable story told in trite, patronizing language. Little Reynard is the smallest and only orange one of seven kittens. He is shy and awkward and feels he doesn't fit in with his siblings, though Lily, his owner, dotes on him. One snowy day, he sees some foxes through an open window and joins them for a fun afternoon, returning home with newfound confidence to find that he has been missed. The story is implausible on a number of fronts, including foxes befriending kittens, kittens playing in snow, and the idea that this shy character would suddenly open up to a stranger. The personification of the cats fights with the perfect realism of the paintings, and it's not clear if the story is about Lily or little Reynard. Oates tries to do too much, and thus prevents the text from flowing smoothly. Graham's painterly illustrations are quite lovely, capturing the kittens' joy of motion, and the love of the mother cat when she washes her wayward kitten. Libraries with big fans of Oates may get requests for this book, but others can stick with the many wonderful cat books available.
Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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