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Curious kittens
Volkmann, Roy.
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Publication Information:
New York : Doubleday Book for Young Readers, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Brief text with colored photographs of kittens whose curiosity has been aroused by a fish and a fishbowl.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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In the perfect companion to Volkmann's Hide-and-Seek Puppies, three kittens watch a fish swim in his bowl and think, we can do that--except they don't want to get wet. Luckily, they find an empty bowl and the fun begins Full-color photos.

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Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. The book is slight, but the kittens are awfully cute. Three of them, a black-and-white longhair, a golden shorthair, and a calico, observe a goldfish swimming in its bowl. But they don't want to eat it; they want to swim, too. They find an empty bowl, and, through the magic of photography, climb inside and try to wiggle their tales like the fish. They find out swimming is harder than it looks. The lure here is the pictures; kittens crisply set against an expanse of white background, joined only by brief text and the fish in its bowl. The book ends abruptly, but it has been a fun few pages. For larger libraries. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this photographic volume keyed to cat lovers, Volkmann begins eliciting the "ahs" from the very first page. With a bit more plot than his recent Hide-and-Seek Puppies, this humorous romp centers on the most inquisitive of a trio of kittens. A black-and-white feline stares longingly through a fishbowl ("Look at Fish"), its wide-eyed face made even wider thanks to the distortion of the water and glass, while its two tabby compadres, one silvery gray, the other marmalade, cheer on their pal. The kitten has no gustatory designs on the bowl's inhabitant; rather, it wants to know "what it's like to be in there... going round and round all day." Getting in with Fish is quickly ruled out (too wet), but when an empty fishbowl is discovered, the black-and-white kitten eagerly stuffs himself into the space. The moral: "Swimming is harder than it looks!" Volkmann's crisp visuals give the minimal text a soup‡on of style. He photographs the cats on white sweeps, with a fish and fishbowls as the only props, and plays with the way the water and glass distort perspective. With just one simple sentence per page, he wittily captures the felines' goofy reasoning. Ages 1-4. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-While observing a goldfish in its bowl, three young felines wonder about swimming and decide they would like to try it until they realize it involves water. The kittens eventually find an empty fishbowl and one by one take turns trying to get inside. Once in, they decide that swimming is "harder than it looks!" The book is illustrated with quality color photos set against a white background. The conversational text will appeal to both toddlers with short attention spans and beginning readers, but it is clearly secondary to the irresistible pictures of inquisitive kittens.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.