This rhyming tale about two perpetually warring cats living under the same roof delivers a message of simple truth about the futility of fighting. The lively text is complemented by animated, action-packed oil paintings.
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Howard Fine is the illustrator of many popular picture books. He lives with his family in White Plains, New York. Visit his website at www.howardfineillustration.com .From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2. "Let's begin with the facts./The facts are that/there's an upstairs cat/and a downstairs cat." So begins this story in rhyme about two fussy felines. With admirable brevity, the war between them is described and the conclusion reached: "And nothing is dumber than war./Is that clear?" Kuskin obviously knows her subjects well, as does Fine, who matches the author's true-to-life description of their fights with wonderful "cat's-eye view" pastel illustrations. His inventive manipulation of perspective accompanies the creatures as they leap incessantly from upstairs to downstairs. The front and back cover illustrations are particularly effective as viewers' eyes move from the large downstairs cat in the foreground, to the second story of the house where the upstairs cat sits on the windowsill. Although the text is deceptively simple, its underlying message of the futility of conflict is well established. Useful as an amusing read-aloud as well as for its underlying lesson.?Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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