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Cat & Dog
Foreman, Michael, 1938- , author, illustrator.
First American edition.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, MN : Anderson Press USA, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Dog takes care of a trio of kittens when their mother, Cat, gets trapped in a fisherman's van while trying to find breakfast.
General Note:
"First published in Great Britain in 2014 by Andersen Press Ltd., 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA"--Page facing title page.
Reading Level:
AD 590 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 165937.
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When Cat is accidentally whisked away in a fish van, her litter of kittens are left to fend for themselves. Cat & Dog is a heart-warming tale about an unusual friendship from two-time Kate Greenaway award-winner Michael Foreman.

Author Notes

Michael Foreman was born in Pakefield, Suffolk on March 21, 1938. At the age of fifteen, Foreman began to study art. His first children's book was published while he was still a student. He earned his M. A. from the Royal College of Art and since then, has written and/or illustrated many children's books.

After leaving art school Michael traveled all over the world making films and television commercials. He has also worked on magazines, book jackets, animated films, and TV ads. He even worked for the police, sketching criminals described by witnesses.

Foreman has won the Kate Greenaway Award twice, the Smarties Book Prize, The Kurt Maschler Award, the Children's Book Award, the Bologna Book Prize and the Francis William's Illustration Award twice.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

A new family is forged and a home found in this gentle book by Kate Greenaway medalist Foreman. Cat lives with her kittens under a garbage-strewn underpass in the city. Despite their gloomy surroundings, the kittens' wide yellow eyes seem to shine with hope. This changes to worry when Mom, while searching for food, is accidentally carried away in a fish van, and then to fear when Dog approaches. Heightening the dramatic tension, Dog initially views the kittens as dinner. Instead, he becomes their guardian. The expressive kittens are, indeed, endearing. The palette, consisting primarily of grays and browns, begins to brighten, marking Mom's return at dawn. She tells such a wonderful story about the driver's kindness and his home at the harbor that they all beg a ride from him. In a feel-good ending, the driver obliges and provides them shelter in his shed by the seaside. Young animal-rescuers and would-be pet-adopters will find this winsome, if somewhat light, tale irresistible and reassuring.--McDermott, Jeanne Copyright 2014 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Cat and Dog are seasoned denizens of the city streets, responsible for their own care and well-being. Humorous scenes and a simple story tell how the two become companions and discover a different world outside the city. Although the animals talk and sometimes gesture in a human manner, their lives seem quite real. Cat has three kittens in tow, bedding them down under a graffiti-marked bridge on a rainy night. Morning brings disaster when she scrambles up to the street, following the tantalizing odor of fish. She bounds through the open door of a van, only to have the door slam shut behind her. And, of course, the van zooms away. At the end of a long day of waiting and watching for their mother's return, "a scruffy old dog wandered under the bridge, looking for somewhere dry to sleep." Foreman's comic sketches of the animals give them expressive lean faces and similar gray and white markings. The watercolor backgrounds, the predominant tan and blue tones echoing in the animals' coats, shine pink and gold in the morning and at sunset. The fish man provides the unexpected visitor in his van a pleasant overnight stay at the seaside, returning her to her offspring the following day. Cat is at first alarmed at the dog's presence, but as the kittens reassure her, she gives them all an enthusiastic account of the wonderful place she has visited, "and when the driver came back to his van he found he had a few extra passengers." So begins a concluding scenario sure to satisfy a wide range of readers. "'There's a whole wonderful world out there,' said Dog. 'Yes, and a sea full of fish,' said Cat."- Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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