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Nobody's nosier than a cat
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Rhyming text describes the characteristics of a pet cat.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Nobody's prowlier than a cat-a sneak-a-peek cat, a hide-'n'-seek cat. How do you describe the most beloved pet in America? It would take a whole new dictionary of authentic and invented words to capture their essences. Watch out, Webster's! Award-winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti does this by penning super silly yet always acute adjectives in this vibrantly illustrated read-aloud book. Children will get a kick out of the wordplay while a cat-and-mouse team leads them to the wonderful surprise ending.

Author Notes

A former 8th-grade English teacher, Susan Campbell Bartoletti writes fiction and nonfiction for all ages. Black Potatoes is the winner of the ALA Sibert Award for Best Information book, the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Distinguished Nonfiction, and the SCBWI Golden Kite Nonfiction award. She lives with her family in Moscow, PA.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 3. Bartoletti's ode to house cats uses all sorts of adjectives, old and new, to suggest feline variety (Nobody's hoaxier than a cat--an in-a-sack cat, a sneak-attack cat. / Nobody's coaxier than a cat--a round-the-leg, in-your-face, feed me NOW cat ), and Giacobbe's humorous illustrations, with cats darting in and out of the pages, play nicely off of Bartoletti's jaunty rhymes. Created on a Macintosh, the pictures have an art deco feel that forgoes strict realism (a purple cat here, a green cat there) but helps Giacobbe capture elusive cat personalities. The typefaces are also playful; each key adjective gets its own look. Bartoletti's top cat, black with yellow eyes, appears in every spread, even when another cat (a posy one or a dozy one) is given the spotlight. On the last page, he has been sweetly claimed by a child, who is revealed as the narrator: Nobody's cozier than a cat--a purred up, curled up, take-a-nap cat. Needing-a-lap. My lap. My cat. --Abby Nolan Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Bartoletti makes a statement regarding a specific feline characteristic ("Nobody's prowlier/than a cat-") and follows it by two descriptors that amplify or reinforce the initial statement ("a sneak-a-peek cat,/a hide-`n'-seek cat"). The formula is repeated on each page as felines are revealed to be spooky, cozy, haughty, etc. For the most part, the wordplay is inventive and imaginative, although occasionally it is forced. Giacobbe's digitally rendered illustrations use clean lines and a bright palette to showcase the animals in a wide range of amusing poses and situations. While not an essential purchase, this title will appeal to cat fanciers and would make a good introduction to a cat-themed storytime.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.