Sheila McGraw Pussycats Everywhere!

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Pussycats Everywhere!

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Karen has lost her cat, Mr. Whiskers, on Friday night. She looks all over for him, and decides to put "Lost Cat" posters on trees and light posts around town.

Soon cat rescuers begin to arrive at her home with "found" cats they leave with her. By the time she has thirty-seven cats, she understands why -- she did not describe Mr. Whiskers on her poster, and every person who finds a cat delivers it to Karen.

Thirty-seven cats are a lot of cats. There are pussycats everywhere in the house, and Karen has a descriptive name for each: Purcee, Shredder, Clawdia, Groucho... all thirty-seven are painted in rich detail, and kids will enjoy matching names in the text to the illustrated cat.

Karen takes care of them for the weekend, inventing games, feeding and loving herds of cats. When she goes to buy more cat food, she sees posters for these cats too. With Mother's help, she takes each one to its home, and finally Mr. Whiskers turns up on his own, glad to be back.

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About the Author:

Sheila McGraw is author of Painting and Decorating Furniture, Papier Mâché Today, Gifts Kids Can Make, Papier Mâché for Kids, Dolls Kids Can Make and Soft Toys to Sew. She is the illustrator of the best-selling children's books Love You Forever, and Lightning Bug Thunder.

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McGraw's (Love You Forever) cutesy caper opens as Karen tapes "Lost Cat" posters to neighborhood phone poles after her pet, Mister Whiskers, fails to come home one night. In the slapstick scenario that follows, Karen repeatedly answers her doorbell to find people bearing homeless cats. Though her feline brood grows to 37, none resembles Mister Whiskers (the girl forgot to include a description of her cat on the poster). Rather precious pastel renderings show the kitties snuggling up to Karen and her incredibly accommodating parents. McGraw does inject some humor with a depiction of how some of these curious critters "helped Karen with her homework" and "helped Dad with the laundry." An outlandish spread shows Karen's dream of a flying cat and three airborne mice, while two monotonous spreads present individual portraits of the menagerie, each labeled with a name bequeathed by Karen. In a rather simplistic turn of plot, Karen and her parents are able to return each cat to its owner by matching them to other "Lost Cat" notices. Then, on cue, Mister Whiskers appears that evening at their door, bringing this tale to a predictable close. Ages 5-8. (Oct.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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