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Oh, Harry!
Gibbel, Mark.
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New York : H. Holt, 2003.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
On his first night with his new family, Harry the kitten tries sleeping in every bed but his own.
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Will Harry get the hang of things at home? " Daddy, Harry's kissing your bald spot." When Harry the kitten comes home to live with his new family, he needs to learn all about where to eat, where to drink, and where to go to the bathroom. Most of the time he gets it right. But what about when it's time for bed-will Harry know where to sleep?This heartwarming tale of a busy family and their determined kitten will strike a chord with pet lovers young and old.

Author Notes

Mark Gibbel lives in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to working, raising a family, and caring for a cat, he is active in neighborhood community organizations. This is Mr. Gibbel's first book for young readers. Sarah Massini lives in Sussex, England, with her husband, son, and her son's two rabbits (no cats-but sometimes the neighbor's cat drops by for a visit). Ms. Massini has worked as a designer on many books for children, but this is the first that she has illustrated.

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Booklist Review

PreS. Anyone who has had a kitten will recognize this family's happy predicament. Harry the golden kitty arrives in the house, and the kids have plenty of questions. Will he know where to eat? To drink? To poop? Dad makes sure Harry is properly introduced to the amenities, but when it comes to Harry knowing where to sleep, the kitten has his own ideas. Unhappy with his bed downstairs, Harry crawls in with first one child, then another. The children then head for their parents' bed, forcing Dad to curl up in the bunk bed--just where Harry decides to snooze. Using a mix of bright, delightful full-page pictures, illustrations cut in half horizontally, or divided into boxes, this breezy tale has immediate appeal. It may not be a story a child wants to hear more than once, but a first-time telling will be a pleasure for little animal lovers. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

The story of Harry, an incorrigible but irresistibly endearing kitten, serves as a comical cautionary tale for anyone considering taking in a new pet. In a combination of comics-like panels and full-page illustrations, first-time artist Massini captures the feline's vantage point with ease, as Harry adjusts to his new home and Daddy learns a thing or two about animal behavior. "Will Harry know where to eat?" asks the young, wide-eyed son, clearly anxious that the equally wide-eyed Harry has glued himself to the fish tank. "Yes," says Daddy with a wise, firm smile, as he places Harry in front of a bowl of cat food. By lights out, however, Harry not only rejects his cat bed in the kitchen, but also throws the family into a game of musical beds (at one point, mother, father, sister and brother all crowd together in the master bedroom) before settling down contentedly on exhausted Daddy's head. Debut author Gibbel's minimal dialogue offers just enough of a framework to allow for Harry's antics in Massini's artwork. The action-reaction structure gets its pacing and momentum from the artist's eye for deadpan humor, and she uses a variety of perspectives to break up and frame the action. This winning feline's antics will be instantly recognizable and chuckled over by youngsters and grownups alike. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Two children and their father bring a kitten home from the pet store. The brother and sister ask Dad how Harry will know where to eat, drink, poop, and sleep, and the new pet is shown the proper location for all of these activities. As it turns out, though, the cat is not secure in his bed in the kitchen. What ensues is a litany of nighttime escapades as Harry tries one bed after another. The children end up in their parents' room while Dad eventually finds his way to the bottom bunk in their room. By morning, Harry is discovered sleeping on Dad's head. The minimal text is printed in bold letters in dialogue balloons. The story is mainly told through the expressive illustrations, which are done in ink, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencil, and arranged in comic-strip fashion. The bright colors that frame the pictures change with each spread. The background scenes are adequate, the cat is appealing, and the father is a fully realized character, but the children sometimes look like miniature adults. The story moves along at a good pace and has some humor that will be appreciated by preschoolers.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.