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Cats got talent
Barrett, Ron, author, illustrator.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
"When three cats find themselves homeless in an alley, they form a singing group with the hope that they will earn the love they need"--
General Note:
"A Paula Wiseman book."
Reading Level:
AD 530 Lexile.
Format :


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Three crooning kitties launch their singing careers in this adorably entertaining back-alley romp from bestselling illustrator of Superhero Joe and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs .

Three abandoned cats--Dora, Geneva, and Hal--find themselves in the big city. Dora thinks mostly about her wardrobe. Geneva was a pampered pet but now she is on her own, looking for love. Hal is nothing but trouble. He never saw anything he didn't wan to get his claws into. These three meet and decide to achieve their dreams by finding fortune as a rock band. Can they possibly succeed? The answer depends on whom you ask.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Barrett's latest provides an explanation for that caterwauling that keeps people awake. Felines Hal, Dora, and Geneva all had it made until bad behavior and general misfortune got each kicked out of his or her respective homes. Then, in a sudden bit of picture-book logic, They discovered that they enjoyed singing and doing things together. A fateful breeze sends a newspaper into Hal's face WAP! and Hal learns that singers on TV can win big bucks. Enough, perhaps, to buy three cats all the luxuries they deserve! After some practice in a boiler room and pulling together junk for a stage, they begin their alleyway concert. Dozens of sleepy city dwellers rebel and, from every apartment window, throw food, shoes, and more. The cats, though, take it as a standing ovation. Despite the abrupt end, it's a fun idea, and the neat everyone-gets-what-they-want conclusion will satisfy kids. Barrett's Sunday-comics, pencil-and-wash art fits the lighthearted and slightly retro mood. Time for an encore?--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Once upon a time, Hal, Dora, and Geneva led cushy lives as pet cats. Then things turned sour with their respective owners (in Hal's case, his "despicable" curtain-tearing behavior was the source of the sourness), and they ended up as alley cats. Now Hal has an idea: they like to sing, the papers tell him that "singers earned big money," so what if.... Readers may think Barrett, with his poker-faced storytelling, is headed toward a feline version of American Idol, or at least a tearful reconciliation with the cats' former owners. But this wonderfully wacky book is full of surprises. What is essentially a Darwinian tug-of-war between cats and humans may not sound like a big laugh getter, but Barrett (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) pulls it off. His indomitable-okay, clueless-furry heroes, and hardboiled illustrations, whose retro style is a cross between those of Merrie Melodies and 1960s underground comics, reassure readers that, though the cats' caterwauling has the neighborhood up in arms, nothing bad is going to happen to them. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Barrett is back with another fun story kids will adore. Hal, Dora, and Geneva are three felines who lead very different lives. Hal is your typical alley cat on the prowl for his next tasty meal after being thrown out of his previous home. Dora lived in a dress shop and adored the finer things in life but had been cast out after putting off the well-heeled customers. Geneva was once owned by a movie star but finds herself on the street after her owner's career reversal. These three kitties find one another and decide to put their talents to use and "sing" for their supper. Barrett's pencil, watercolor, and ink cartoon art conveys the playfulness of the text. Ideal for a read-aloud, Cats Got Talent will appeal to those younger elementary school age children who have dreams of performing and becoming a superstar. A fun, enjoyable read.- Christopher Lassen, Brooklyn Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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