Jessy must be the only girl in the whole world without a pet. She wants a cat, but her parents think cats are crawly, creepy, yowly things. Full color illustrations.
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Tony Ross is the illustrator of I Want a Sister, I Want My Dinner, I'm Coming to Get You, A Message for Santa, and Wash Your Hands! He has received the German Children's Book Prize and the silver medal in the Smarties Prize and has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 3-- Jessy wants a cat more than anything else in the world, but her parents will only give her toy cats. Jessy rebels by stubbornly dressing up in a white cat suit which she states defiantly will not come off until she gets a real live cat of her own. She sleeps curled up on her bedroom floor and then meanders over to stand on the neighbors' garden wall, howling at the moon, "I want a cat!" Of course, the neighbors think it's a great idea--give the kid a cat so she'll stop acting like one. Finally her father goes to the pet shop to choose a cat, but when he returns, Jessy meets him at the door dressed up in a homemade dog suit yelling "Woof! Woof! . . . I want. . . ." Ross' crayon-like illustrations add an effective touch of wry humor, bringing readers closer to Jessy and her determined reaction to her parents' refusal to grant her request. The fact that her actions are not reflective of bad behavior, but simply her lighthearted attempt not to give up and to drive her point home makes Jessy even more likeable. A funny, delightful story and a good read-aloud choice. --Leslie Barban, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, S.C.
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Book Description Sunburst, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 009967260X