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Dick King-Smith’s mischievous narrative and Bob Graham’s sweet, humorous watercolors capture the first eight lives of a kitten who’s ready to scamper his way into hearts everywhere.
Aristotle the kitten is so adventurous that it’s a good thing cats have nine lives. What’s even better is that Aristotle has found the kind witch Bella Donna to be his owner. Somehow she is always there when he gets into trouble, whether tumbling down the chimney, tipping over a giant milk jug, or tearing away from a snarling watchdog - just as a truck comes areening by. Is it luck? Or maybe a little bit of magic?
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Bob Graham is the award-winning creator of many books for children, including MAX; "LET'S GET A PUP!" SAID KATE, a BOSTON GLOBE — HORN BOOK AWARD winner; and JETHRO BYRD, FAIRY CHILD. Illustrating the first eight of Aristotle’s nine lives gave him great enjoyment. "Being the illustrator," he says, "I left Aristotle on the last page as safe as I could, in front of the TV with Bella Donna." Bob Graham lives in Victoria, Australia, with his wife, two children, and - of course - various pets.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-4-Life in a witch's cottage can be dangerous, especially for an adventurous and accident-prone kitten. On his very first day in residence, Aristotle climbs to the roof and falls down the chimney. Bella Donna cautions him that he has just used up the first of his allotted nine lives, but the warning has little effect. That afternoon, he overturns a full milk jug and is trapped beneath it, squandering his second life. The incorrigible cat encounters one dire peril after another-rushing water, racing trains, angry dogs-until a terrifying near collision with a speeding truck leaves him with only a single life remaining. The repentant and reformed feline decides to settle down and keep that one as long as possible. The book ends with a gentle, almost meditative account of the death of Aristotle's canine nemesis and the cat's long, productive, and peaceful ninth life as a proper witch's familiar. This tone shift is a bit abrupt after the earlier nonstop action, but readers will be satisfied and relieved by Aristotle's success. With winsome watercolor-and-ink illustrations, this short, lighthearted fantasy will appeal to beginning chapter-book readers.
Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
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