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The Alley Cat's Meow
Appelt, Kathi, 1954-
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Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
After meeting one night at the Alley Cat's Meow, sweetheart cats Red and Ginger dazzle the world with their spectacular dancing.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 64434.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Also written by Kathi Appelt:Bubba and Beau, Best FriendsIllustrated by Arthur Howard0-15-202060-8 $16.00Oh My Baby, Little OneIllustrated by Jane Dyer0-15-200041-0 $16.00

Author Notes

Kathi Appelt is the author of many acclaimed picture books, including Oh My Baby, Little One, a Parents' Choice Recommended Book; Elephants Aloft, an ABA Pick of the Lists; and Bubba and Beau, Best Friends. Jon Goodell is the illustrator of Zigazak! A Magical Hanukkah Night and A Mouse Called Wolf, which were praised by School Library Journal for their "engaging style similar to the work of Garth Williams."

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS^-K. A pair of jazz cats romance each other around the world in this handsome, nostalgic picture book. Red, a dapper tabby, meets Ginger, a "jazzy, snazzy" feline, at the Alley Cat's Meow nightclub. The cats boogie woogie across the floor, fall in love, and go on to dance together on stages across the world and even "on the silver screen." There's little story here, and the text, written in brief rhyming couplets, often feels forced. What's best are the large acrylic paintings that show the cats' wild costumes, gooey expressions of love, and, best of all, the cats' flying movement across the dance floor. This isn't a necessary purchase, but the colorful images and the story's romance may appeal to some young ones. Gillian Engberg

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This book has the look and feel of a feline version of a Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie of the 1940s. One enchanted evening, a dapper cat named Red hops on the A train, an obvious nod to Duke Ellington and the era of swing music, to make the scene at a "boogie-woogie juke joint called the Alley Cat's Meow." The rhyming verse chronicles the momentous meeting of Red and Ginger. He asks her to dance, and the rest, as they say-. Their partnership sealed with a kiss, they set out to wow the world with their artistic virtuosity. On the final page, the two are pictured dancing happily in the moonlight. Sophisticated painterly images of the high-stepping couple tap dancing and jitterbugging their way through nightclubs and on stage make for an attractive and at times humorous presentation. This affectionate look back at a golden era of jazz music and an arguably more elegant time seems somewhat out of sync with a picture-book audience, and the emphasis on romance may elicit predictable groans from youngsters.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.