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Title:
The black cat
Author:
Ahlberg, Allan.
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Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, 1990.
Summary:
A little black cat watches the antics of three skeletons sledding in the snow.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780688099039

9780688099046
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Book

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Anna M. Reinstein Library PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Summary

A little black cat watches the antics of three skeletons sledding in the snow.


Summary

A little black cat watches the antics of three skeletons sledding in the snow.


Author Notes

Allan Ahlberg was born in 1938 in South London, and grew up in the Black Country. He worked as a teacher, postman, grave digger, soldier and plumber's mate before he became a full-time writer.

He met his wife and creative partner, Janet at teacher training college. It was because Janet wanted to illustrate a book that Allan wrote his first book, the Brick Street boys. After that, together they wrote 37 books.

Janet died in 1994 and Ahlberg discontinued his writing career for a few years before picking it up again.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Allan Ahlberg was born in 1938 in South London, and grew up in the Black Country. He worked as a teacher, postman, grave digger, soldier and plumber's mate before he became a full-time writer.

He met his wife and creative partner, Janet at teacher training college. It was because Janet wanted to illustrate a book that Allan wrote his first book, the Brick Street boys. After that, together they wrote 37 books.

Janet died in 1994 and Ahlberg discontinued his writing career for a few years before picking it up again.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In The Black Cat a little skeleton loses a leg while sledding. Since a white leg is nearly impossible to locate in the snow, the big skeleton takes the little one to the boneyard for a new appendage. While the two are sledding the next night, their skeletal dog chases a black cat. As the animals cavort in the snow, readers can see only the cat, but when they run through the dark shadows, only the dog is visible. In the second book, the dog wears out his welcome with his constant barking, so the big skeleton takes him back to the pet shop for a trade-in. The skeletons try a goldfish for a while, but find it too boring. One parrot, a hippopotamus and a rabbit later, the big skeleton returns, and the shop owner is ready with a mysterious box. ``I wonder what it is?'' says the little skeleton. ``Woof,'' says the box. One minor quibble: children may be puzzled by the relationships between these bony protagonists (possibly they are family, perhaps pals). Bouncing, alliterative phrasing and graphically arresting artwork provide ``spirited'' entertainment in these cheerful continuations of the Funnybones books. Ages 4-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Publisher's Weekly Review

In The Black Cat a little skeleton loses a leg while sledding. Since a white leg is nearly impossible to locate in the snow, the big skeleton takes the little one to the boneyard for a new appendage. While the two are sledding the next night, their skeletal dog chases a black cat. As the animals cavort in the snow, readers can see only the cat, but when they run through the dark shadows, only the dog is visible. In the second book, the dog wears out his welcome with his constant barking, so the big skeleton takes him back to the pet shop for a trade-in. The skeletons try a goldfish for a while, but find it too boring. One parrot, a hippopotamus and a rabbit later, the big skeleton returns, and the shop owner is ready with a mysterious box. ``I wonder what it is?'' says the little skeleton. ``Woof,'' says the box. One minor quibble: children may be puzzled by the relationships between these bony protagonists (possibly they are family, perhaps pals). Bouncing, alliterative phrasing and graphically arresting artwork provide ``spirited'' entertainment in these cheerful continuations of the Funnybones books. Ages 4-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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