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Where is Little Reynard?
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938-
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New York : HarperCollins, [2003]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
When Little Reynard, the only orange kitten in his litter, meets some foxes, he feels more at home with them than with his own family.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 0.5 72959.
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Mama cat has seven kittens. Little Reynard is the smallest, and his brothers and sisters tease him about his size and his orange color. Because he is so small and timid, the little girl, Lily, takes special care of Little Reynard. She gives him his own bowl and even lets him sleep on her pillow, yet sometimes he still feels he doesn't really belong. Then one cold winter day Little Reynard peers out of an open window and sees two young foxes that look very much like him, and when the foxes invite him to join them, Little Reynard says yes!

In their second picture-book collaboration, following come meet muffin!, acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates and artist Mark Graham introduce an irresistible feline character who will make himself at home in your heart.

Author Notes

Joyce Carol Oates was born on June 16, 1938 in Lockport, New York. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Syracuse University and a master's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin.

She is the author of numerous novels and collections of short stories. Her works include We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, Bellefleur, You Must Remember This, Because It Is Bitter, Because It Is My Heart, Solstice, Marya : A Life, and Give Me Your Heart. She has received numerous awards including the National Book Award for Them, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature. She was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with her title Lovely, Dark, Deep. She also wrote a series of suspense novels under the pseudonym Rosamond Smith. In 2015, her novel The Accursed became listed as a bestseller on the iBooks chart.

She worked as a professor of English at the University of Windsor, before becoming the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. She and her late husband Raymond J. Smith operated a small press and published a literary magazine, The Ontario Review.

(Bowker Author Biography) Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most eminent and prolific literary figures and social critics of our times. She has won the National Book Award and several O. Henry and Pushcart prizes. Among her other awards are an NEA grant, a Guggenheim fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Lifetime Achievement Award, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature.

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Booklist Review

\rtf1\ansi\deff0\deflang1033\viewkind4\uc1d\f0\fs24 Gr. 1-3. A temporary change of scene and playmates rids a kitten of shyness in this new collaboration from the creators of Come Meet Muffin! 0 (1998). Smallest of seven littermates, Little Reynard is teased, shouldered away from the food bowl, and forced to watch the other kittens play from atop his young human keeper's shoulder. All of that changes after an open window and two fox kits, Rusty and Flora, tempt Little Reynard out into the snow for a romp in the woods. He returns that evening a new cat, fluffed out and confident--and to an unexpectedly warm welcome from his sibs, too. Reflecting the episode's faintly precious air, but not its anthropomorphism, Graham scatters each impressionistic indoor and outdoor scene with cute, fuzzy animals in natural-looking poses. Susceptible readers will be charmed. --John Peters Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Where Is Little Reynard? by Joyce Carol Oates, illus. by Mark Graham, stars Lily and the Smith family from their Come Meet Muffin!, plus the orange runt of a litter of kittens. Little Reynard is the odd furball out ("His sisters laughed at his unusual color. And his brothers teased him because he was so small. This made him shy"). But when he spies a family of foxes, he is emboldened by the fact that the cubs share his burnt-orange coloring, the kitten is soon scampering through the forest with his new friends. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Graham's rich paintings are a mismatch with Oates's predictable story told in trite, patronizing language. Little Reynard is the smallest and only orange one of seven kittens. He is shy and awkward and feels he doesn't fit in with his siblings, though Lily, his owner, dotes on him. One snowy day, he sees some foxes through an open window and joins them for a fun afternoon, returning home with newfound confidence to find that he has been missed. The story is implausible on a number of fronts, including foxes befriending kittens, kittens playing in snow, and the idea that this shy character would suddenly open up to a stranger. The personification of the cats fights with the perfect realism of the paintings, and it's not clear if the story is about Lily or little Reynard. Oates tries to do too much, and thus prevents the text from flowing smoothly. Graham's painterly illustrations are quite lovely, capturing the kittens' joy of motion, and the love of the mother cat when she washes her wayward kitten. Libraries with big fans of Oates may get requests for this book, but others can stick with the many wonderful cat books available.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.