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Frankenstein's cat
Jobling, Curtis.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 54908.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Be afraid. Be very, very afraid. Because Frankenstein's cat is no ordinary cat: Dr. Frankenstein names his new creation Nine -- not because cats have "nine lives," but because that's how many cats it takes to make him. However, Nine isn't terribly popular at the castle, and he's lonely. So the doctor creates a companion who turns out to be more than Frankenstein's cat bargained for. Curtis Jobling has created a delightful feline hero in Frankenstein's cat. Readers will be laughing out loud at Nine's desire to be normal in a far from normal world.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Jobling, a designer of Nickelodeon's Bob the Builder animated series, drolly accounts for Dr. Frankenstein's first invention, a cat named Nine ("Not because cats have `nine lives,' but because that's how many cats it took to make him"). The feline fellow doesn't suffer for his unusual appearance, even though he sports a stitched head and mismatched feet. Instead, children and adult playmates reject Nine because he stinks, having been concocted from "A Persian here, a Siamese there... and a very, very, very smelly alley cat." Lonesome Nine asks Dr. Frankenstein to make him a companion and the giggling, purple-haired madman agrees. In whimsical paintings, Jobling pictures Nine as an expressive, smiling patchwork toy, rather than an undead monster; he shows the malodorous outcast in happy anticipation of the doctor's new creation ("A friend! I can't wait!"). The penultimate spread depicts the melancholy proceedings in silhouette after the second pet is revealed: "Frankenstein's dog chas[es] Frankenstein's cat around the castle forever and a day!" Despite the cartoonish story, Nine becomes a sympathetic character. Youngsters may well empathize with his unmet expectations as this jokey parody closes on a dissonant sad note. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-It seems that Dr. Frankenstein created something before he fashioned his famous monster. An earlier experiment was Nine the cat, so named because he was made from the parts of a Siamese, a Persian, an odorous alley cat, and more. He desperately wants to make some friends, but frankly he just smells too bad. The castle's cook rejects him, and so do the neighborhood children and the butler. The cat is very lonely, so he turns to Dr. Frankenstein and begs him to make a companion. He is anxious and eager to meet his new friend. Unfortunately, that turns out to be Fifi, a dog of many parts. Poor Nine spends the rest of his days being chased around the castle by a patchwork mutt. Rendered in colorful acrylics, the illustrations are clever, comic, and appealing, but unfortunately they can't carry the weak plot.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.